The Program on America and the Global Economy Presents a Discussion:

Supply & Safety: Monitoring Imported Food

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 2013

9:30 – 11:00 am

5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center


Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Ted Poplawski, Special Assistant to the Director on Import Operations and Policy, FDA

Carmen Stacy, Director, Global Issues & Multilateral Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Les Glick, Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, Washington, D.C.


Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy

According to the USDA, about 15% of all food eaten by Americans is imported. With the growing globalization of our nation’s food supply, imported food safety has become an increasing national concern.  This event will discuss concerns about food imports and the responsibilities of food importers and regulators for the safety of food products grown outside of the United States and their impact on the demand for certain imported products, international food trade patterns, and foreign access to U.S. markets.

Light refreshments and coffee will be provided.

Please RSVP acceptances only to page@wilsoncenter.org

For a map and directions see: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/directions

Please bring photo ID and arrive 15 minutes ahead to allow time for the security checkpoint.

Media guests, including TV crews, are welcome and should RSVP directly to elizabeth.white@wilsoncenter.org

*Media bringing heavy electronic equipment – such as video cameras – MUST indicate this in their response, so they may be cleared through our building security and allowed entrance. Failure to indicate your intention to bring video cameras 24 hours before the event may result in being denied access to the Wilson Center building, please err toward responding if you would like to attend.


One Response to

  1. PAGE says:

    As a point of clarification, the Bush Administration was not using faulty data and trying to rush through import clearance for cooked chicken from China. Risk assessments are lengthy affairs involving career government scientists and regulators. China and imports being politically charged topics, Congress initially intervened and withheld funding for the risk assessment. The subsequent restoration of the funding was not due to any WTO action but rather a change in party control of the U.S. House. While there are still no Chinese facilities approved for exporting product to the U.S., it should be noted that dubious sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements have become the de facto choice for agrifood trade barriers ever since the Uruguay Round effectively limited the use of tariffs for such purposes. This is why the Obama Administration is currently seeking to add more reliable SPS procedures and related adjudication options into the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

    -Gary Blumenthal

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