U.S. Interagency Working Group on Import Safety to Hold Public Meeting

The U.S. Interagency Working Group on Import Safety announced a public meeting to explore actions that public and private stakeholders can take to promote the safety of products imported into the United States.

The public meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, in the Jefferson Auditorium, South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, D.C. 20250.

The objective of the public meeting is to identify and recommend actions that government, industry and consumers involved in the production, distribution, regulation and use of imported products can take to promote the safety of such products.

Individuals interested in attending the meeting in person or by teleconference and those wishing to make a presentation at the meeting are requested to register by Sept. 17 by e-mail to Erik Mettler at

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“The American people have a reasonable expectation that the food and products they buy are safe. We need to continually improve our import safeguards to meet the changing demands of a global economy.” — HHS SecretaryMike Leavitt
Dept of Health & Human Services, Imoprt Safety Working Group

“I’ve called together key members of my Cabinet to review the procedures in place, the regulations in place, the practices in place to make sure that our food supply remains the safest in the world. The world is changing, and in order to make sure that we can continue to have the confidence of our consumers, that we will continually review practices and procedures to assure the American consumer.”—President Bush
President Bush meets with Imoprt Safety Working Group