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Media Advisory No. 5057.11
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Host Media Conference to Announce New Safeguard to Enhance Food Safety
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011 – TODAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a national media conference call to announce a new safeguard to enhance food safety and reduce serious recalls.
Under President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group, USDA is committed to modernizing food safety and building a food safety system that will meet the challenges posed by a global food supply in the 21st century. The CDC has reported that one out of every six Americans gets sick each year from foodborne illnesses—with 128,000 hospitalized and 3,000 dying from such ailments.
Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, USDA’s top food safety official, will join Secretary Vilsack during this national media conference call.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
11:00 a.m. EDT
WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen will host a national media conference call to announce a new safeguard to enhance food safety and reduce serious recalls
DIAL IN: 800-857-5233
Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)
All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.
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