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Media Advisory No. 5222.11
USDA Office of Communications
Media Call: USDA and HHS to Deliver Results of President’s Food Safety Working Group
For Planning Purposes Only
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2011 – On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, in preparation for the holiday season, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Co-Chairs of President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group (FSWG), will deliver a progress report highlighting the group’s accomplishments and strategies, combined with useful information for consumers on safe food handling during the holidays. A full report highlighting the FSWG’s efforts to strengthen the food safety system and major next steps in 2012 and beyond will be released following the call.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be on hand to answer questions from reporters.
WHO: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Michael R. Taylor, J.D. Deputy Commissioner for Foods, FDA
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA
Dr. Beth P. Bell, Director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC
WHEN: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. (EST)
DIAL IN: 877-716-4292
Note: A replay of the call will be available by calling 866-501-0095. No passcode is necessary. All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news.
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