All of us- consumers and the food industry, depend on the US Food and Drug Administration to perform its regulatory role effectively, efficiently, and transparently. Today, "effective", "efficient", and "transparent" are seldom used to describe the FDA, which is the government agency with primary responsibility for produce safety in the US. Given the global nature of the fresh produce supply chain, FDA's impact reaches well outside the bounds of the United States. Although industry bears the ultimate responsibility for producing safe food, the timely development of science and risk-based policies, combined with fair enforcement, is a critical role for regulators.
In this session, hear from representatives of diverse stakeholder groups that have found common ground when it comes to advocating for changes in the organization, governance, and performance of FDA's foods program. Learn about the partnerships IFPA has forged with other food and beverage trade associations, consumer groups, and those representing regulators, all seeking to support public health.
IFPA Moderator: Katie McGowan, Manager of Food Safety Programs, IFPA
Moderator and speaker: Cheryl Enlow, Vice President of Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Calavo
- Steven Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)
- Brian Ronholm, Director of Food Policy, Consumer Reports
- Roberta Wagner, Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Consumer Brands Association