Ag Secretary Ann Veneman, FDA's Joseph Levitt Head Speaker List for 24th Food Policy Conference

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Consumer Federation of America

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman
 and Joseph A. Levitt, Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center
 for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA's s top policy maker working solely
 on food issues, head the list of speakers at the 24th annual National Food
 Policy Conference, to be held Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, at
 Washington's National Press Club.
     Also speaking at the conference, held annually by the Consumer Federation
 of America in cooperation with the National Food Processors Association, will
 be Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, and Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
     The conference program includes a focus on food and agriculture policy
 under the new Administration. Levitt will speak mid-morning on Monday on his
 agency's food policy priorities for the next few years. Veneman, who became
 secretary January 20, will address the audience at lunch on Monday. Harkin,
 the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and DeLauro,
 Assistant the House Minority Leader, will offer Congressional views in morning
 and lunch speeches on Tuesday.
     The conference opens Monday with a debate on Europe's crisis in consumer
 confidence over food. Discussed will be the roots of European consumers'
 distrust of government on food issues and whether similar attitudes could
 develop in this country. Participating will be two representatives of the
 United Kingdom: food and health expert Philip James and Neville Craddock of
 the British Food & Drink Federation. Also on the panel is U.S. food safety
 advocate Caroline Smith DeWaal of the Center for Science in the Public
 Interest.
     Immediately after lunch, a consumer advocate, an industry representative
 and a top Veneman aide will debate whether the food safety advances of the
 Clinton years will continue under Bush. Participating will be Carol Tucker
 Foreman of the Consumer Federation of America, Rhona S. Applebaum of the
 National Food Processors Association, and Dale Moore, Secretary Veneman's
 chief of staff.
     Also on Monday, workshops will focus on the future of biotech foods,
 childhood obesity, alcohol responsibility advertising, communicating diet and
 nutrition advice, natural versus conventional foods, and antibiotic
 resistance. The biotech food panel will include Iowa corn and soybean grower
 Laura Foell and the diet communications panel will feature Washington Post
 fitness and nutrition reporter Sally Squires.
     Tuesday's program opens with a discussion of how family, physical activity
 and food affect obesity. Participating will be pollster Liz Van Patten,
 medical doctor Keith Ayoob and Kathy Spangler of the National Parks and
 Recreation Association.
     Workshops Tuesday will cover mad cow disease and risk, regulating
 genetically engineered foods, corporate mergers in food and agriculture,
 drinking water safety and merging two key government diet surveys.
     A panel on agricultural biotechnology regulations will include Irwin
 Gordon, CEO of Gruma Corporation in Irving, Texas, and University of Texas law
 professor Thomas O. McGarity. McGarity was principle author of a recent CFA
 report calling for mandatory safety testing of GE foods. Subsidiaries of Gruma
 Corporation produced the taco shells involved in last fall's Starlink corn
 recall.
     Each year, the National Food Policy Conference explores the top food
 issues of the day with a diverse mix of policymakers, advocates and
 scientists. It is held in cooperation with the National Food Processors
 Association, with technical assistance provided by the International Food
 Information Council.
     The 2001 conference program includes 14 panel discussions and more than 60
 speakers and panelists.
 
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SOURCE Consumer Federation of America
    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman
 and Joseph A. Levitt, Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center
 for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA's s top policy maker working solely
 on food issues, head the list of speakers at the 24th annual National Food
 Policy Conference, to be held Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, at
 Washington's National Press Club.
     Also speaking at the conference, held annually by the Consumer Federation
 of America in cooperation with the National Food Processors Association, will
 be Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, and Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
     The conference program includes a focus on food and agriculture policy
 under the new Administration. Levitt will speak mid-morning on Monday on his
 agency's food policy priorities for the next few years. Veneman, who became
 secretary January 20, will address the audience at lunch on Monday. Harkin,
 the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and DeLauro,
 Assistant the House Minority Leader, will offer Congressional views in morning
 and lunch speeches on Tuesday.
     The conference opens Monday with a debate on Europe's crisis in consumer
 confidence over food. Discussed will be the roots of European consumers'
 distrust of government on food issues and whether similar attitudes could
 develop in this country. Participating will be two representatives of the
 United Kingdom: food and health expert Philip James and Neville Craddock of
 the British Food & Drink Federation. Also on the panel is U.S. food safety
 advocate Caroline Smith DeWaal of the Center for Science in the Public
 Interest.
     Immediately after lunch, a consumer advocate, an industry representative
 and a top Veneman aide will debate whether the food safety advances of the
 Clinton years will continue under Bush. Participating will be Carol Tucker
 Foreman of the Consumer Federation of America, Rhona S. Applebaum of the
 National Food Processors Association, and Dale Moore, Secretary Veneman's
 chief of staff.
     Also on Monday, workshops will focus on the future of biotech foods,
 childhood obesity, alcohol responsibility advertising, communicating diet and
 nutrition advice, natural versus conventional foods, and antibiotic
 resistance. The biotech food panel will include Iowa corn and soybean grower
 Laura Foell and the diet communications panel will feature Washington Post
 fitness and nutrition reporter Sally Squires.
     Tuesday's program opens with a discussion of how family, physical activity
 and food affect obesity. Participating will be pollster Liz Van Patten,
 medical doctor Keith Ayoob and Kathy Spangler of the National Parks and
 Recreation Association.
     Workshops Tuesday will cover mad cow disease and risk, regulating
 genetically engineered foods, corporate mergers in food and agriculture,
 drinking water safety and merging two key government diet surveys.
     A panel on agricultural biotechnology regulations will include Irwin
 Gordon, CEO of Gruma Corporation in Irving, Texas, and University of Texas law
 professor Thomas O. McGarity. McGarity was principle author of a recent CFA
 report calling for mandatory safety testing of GE foods. Subsidiaries of Gruma
 Corporation produced the taco shells involved in last fall's Starlink corn
 recall.
     Each year, the National Food Policy Conference explores the top food
 issues of the day with a diverse mix of policymakers, advocates and
 scientists. It is held in cooperation with the National Food Processors
 Association, with technical assistance provided by the International Food
 Information Council.
     The 2001 conference program includes 14 panel discussions and more than 60
 speakers and panelists.
 
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