"Seminar in Seattle" – Registration Below. Few subjects draw more immediate attention or concern than the safety of the food we eat. Recent years have included a plethora of food warnings and recalls, raising new questions about the quality and integrity of our existing system for assuring food safety. Seattle was the epicenter of the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak that sickened 600 and killed four 15 years ago. In addition to explaining how our present system works, this program is intended to discuss how changing consumer preferences are affecting the development and distribution of food, examine whether Federal, state and industry oversight roles are changing, and discuss how the regulatory and judicial processes can be most efficiently balanced. Participants include international, national and local representatives of government, the food industry, consumer organizations and scientists.
FRIDAY, April 11th
8:30-9:15 AM Opening Remarks: Dean Kellye Testy
9:15-10:45 AM Defining the Problem: How the concerns about food safety are viewed by physicians, disease experts, state regulators, and consumers.
11:00-12:30 PM How the Regulation of Food Safety Works: The roles and responsibilities as seen by Federal and State regulators, industry and consumers.
12:30-1:45 PM Lunch Speaker: Governor Christine Gregoire
1:45-3:15 PM Zones of Responsibility: Grower/Producer; Seller; Government; Consumer.
Caroline Smith DeWaal
3:30-5:00 PM Roles of the Civil/Criminal Justice Systems: Perspectives of plaintiffs, respondents, and prosecutors.
6:30-8:30 PM Dinner Speaker: Richard Raymond
SATURDAY, April 12th
8:30 -9:00 AM Opening Speaker: Patricia Griffin
9:00-10:30 AM How is Food Protected Overseas? International Perspectives on Food Safety.
10:45-12:15 PM Role of the Media in Public Health and Food Safety: The contributions of media and science writers to Food Safety.
James E. Prevor
12:15-1:30 PM Closing Remarks: John Kobayashi