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PA EPA ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR THIRD MEETING OF FOOD SAFETY COMM

Release Date: 11/1/96
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PA EPA ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR THIRD MEETING OF FOOD SAFETY COMM

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996

EPA ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR THIRD MEETING OF FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

EPA is announcing the agenda for the third meeting of the Food Safety Advisory Committee which will be held on Nov. 14-15, in Fairfax, Va. The meeting is open to the public. Recently formed as a subcommittee under the auspices of EPA's Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, the new advisory committee was established to assist the Agency with the implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), signed into law on Aug. 3. The new law amends both the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to provide a protective regulatory scheme for pesticides. The agenda for the two-day meeting includes the following: presentation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding USDA programs; EPA's decision logic for risk assessment and risk management decisions; discussion of an additional "10-fold" safety factor when assessing pre- and post-natal development and reproductive effects in infants and children exposed to pesticides through the diet; discussion of in-utero exposure for carcinogenicity studies; reassessment of all food and feed tolerances; and, worker risk issues (how EPA assesses worker risk; efforts by the Worker Protection Program to protect and train farmworkers; how reregistration decisions reduce risk of pesticides to farmworkers, etc.). The Food Safety Committee is made up of approximately 45 representatives from the general public, environmental and public interest groups, the public health community, the chemical industry, agriculture and other pesticide user groups, food processors, federal and state governments, academia and others. Margie Fehrenbach of EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is the Committee's designated federal officer (703-305-7090), and can also be reached by internet: Fehrenbach.margie@Epamail.Epa.gov. The meeting will be held 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Nov. 14, and 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15, in the Hyatt Fair Lakes Hotel, l2777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, Va. Take Route 66, exit at 55B (Fairfax County Parkway), turn right on Fair Lakes Parkway, take first right on Fair Lakes Circle (hotel is one quarter mile on left). From Dulles Airport, take Dulles Access Road to exit 11 South (Fairfax County Parkway) and follow directions above.

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