Pennsylvania food safety council to meet

Pennsylvania's food safety council will meet next week.
Pennsylvania's food safety council will meet next week.
Pennsylvania agriculture secretary Dennis Wolff and health secretary Everette James announced the first meeting of the Governor's Food Safety Council on April 22. The council will make food safety recommendations to governor Ed Rendell.

The council will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wildwood Conference Center at the Harrisburg Area Community College to hear a presentation by the acting U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Joshua Sharfstein, the department of agriculture said.

The council connects local, state and federal representatives from all aspects of food production, including agriculture equipment, distribution and retail as well as the public health and emergency response communities, according to the department.

"From the time our food is planted and raised at the farm level to the point it is served in restaurants and at dinner tables across the nation, it can travel thousands of miles, be handled by countless individuals and be inspected by a mix of federal, state and local regulators," said Wolff.

To help keep Pennsylvania's farmers, consumers and businesses safe in this complex global food supply, the Governor's Food Safety Council will work across the range of public and private organizations to plan for, prevent and respond to food safety concerns, Wolff said.