The Role of Public and Private Regulation in Detecting and Responding to Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

1:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 21, The Pyle Center

Managing Import Safety, a collaborative project funded by the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), examines market, regulatory, and hybrid approaches to preventing and detecting economic adulteration and accidental contamination of the food supply.  In this final event, our multidisciplinary project team proposes to evaluate and compare the current systems for detecting and responding to foodborne outbreaks in the U.S. and the European Union.  In the context of recent, produce-related foodborne outbreaks in the EU and the US, we will examine and compare the respective approaches, assessing challenges in surveillance, detection, trace-back and identification of a contaminated food item.  Finally, we will consider lessons learned from recent outbreaks by examining issues of public health, responsibilities of industry, and comparisons of regulatory frameworks.

Who should attend: State and local regulatory officials working in food safety, inspection, or public health, food-industry leaders in quality assurance, procurement, and supplier management, University faculty, staff and students, and interested members of the general public.

To register, please send an email to Lorna Zach (lzach@engr.wisc.edu) with your name, affiliation, and email contact information.