If you have something to say about food safety, mark your calendar for two upcoming meetings where you’ll have an opportunity to give your two cents regarding the government’s progress on the subject.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC announced the dates this week for two joint public meetings to hear stakeholder presentations on measuring progress on food safety.

The meetings will be held in Chicago, Ill., on July 21, and in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 20.

The public meetings announced today are extensions of the initial one-day public workshop held on March 30, where FSIS, FDA, and CDC discussed their collaborations on the methodological and data challenges involved in the development of feasible and effective food safety metrics.

The agencies have been collaborating to reduce food-borne illness as part of the Food Safety Working Group, which has recommended a public health-focused approach to food safety based on the principles of prioritizing prevention, strengthening surveillance and enforcement, and improving response and recovery.

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Source: USDA