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Lecture explores implications of new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

February 21, 2012

Robert Brackett, vice president and director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will examine how the FDA will manage the demands of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the most comprehensive overhauling of U.S. food safety laws in over 70 years. His talk is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Cowles Auditorium of the U of M's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Among other things, Brackett will discuss the authority FSMA gives the FDA, the controls it imposes on imported food products and the effect it may have on the relationship between the food industry and the FDA.

Prior to going to the IFSH, Brackett served as senior vice president and chief science and regulatory affairs officer at the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) and director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Craig Hedberg, professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, will comment on the lecture.

This event is a presentation of the Consortium on Law and Values and is moderated by Shaun Kennedy, director, National Center for Food Protection and Defense. It is free and open to the public. To register, visit

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