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Food Protection Message - March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

I find myself in a constant search for an extra week, day, or hour to work on a plan, assessment, or lecture that is due. Since I read the third book of the Harry Potter series, I have longed for the Time-Turner necklace that Hermione Granger uses to take extra classes. Oh, the gift of an hour free of email and meetings to just “catch up” sounds incredibly delightful. As I learned of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extensions for several proposed rules based on the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, I realized we had been given a gift of time to thoughtfully review and comment on the proposed rules. We can now think about the big picture of how the rules will work together to protect the food systems.

Global Food Defense: Zagreb, Croatia

Friday, March 28, 2014

Croatia is a beautiful country along the northeast coast of the Adriatic Sea. Despite the region’s conflict in the late 20th century, Croatia has gained a reputation for being a very stable, safe place to travel. If you have read one of my previous posts International Initiatives, Remarkable Relationships, then you are familiar with the Food Defense Workshops outreach program led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This past March, our team traveled to Zagreb, Croatia to deliver a two-day food defense workshop to professionals in the food industry, government, law enforcement, and academia.