The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a webinar on the Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan that the agency released in early December 2021.
Deputy FDA Commissioner Frank Yiannas and FDA experts across agency’s human foods program will be available to explain and answer questions about the plan with the goal of raising awareness, enhancing understanding, and building support. Stakeholders are welcome to provide their insights as well as ask questions.
This response improvement plan focuses on tech-enabled product traceback, root cause investigations, analysis and dissemination of outbreak data, and operational improvements. It is intended to work in concert with FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint, which outlines specific approaches the FDA will take over the next decade to address food safety in the rapidly changing food system.
The plan was also informed by an independent review of the FDA’s structural and functional capacity to support, participate in, or lead multistate foodborne illness outbreak investigation activities. You will hear more about that review in this webinar.
The speakers will be:
- Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response
- RADM David Goldman, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Food Policy and Response
- Stic Harris, Director, FDA’s Coordinated Response and Evaluation Network (CORE)
- CDR Kari Irvin, Deputy Director, CORE
- Scott MacIntire, Program Director, Office of Human and Animal Food Operations – West
- Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota, author of “An Independent Review of FDA’s Foodborne Outbreak Response Processes”
The webinar will also be recorded and posted to the FDA website.
You are also welcome to submit questions during the webinar to SmarterFoodSafety@fda.hhs.gov.
Registration is required. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in advance on the registration form.
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