She told the international audience that the United States “has the best food processing and production in the world — but it is not perfect.”
She called on industry to help government in “improving the safety of food” and noted, “We must have the best data.” She suggested it come from both government and the food service industry.
“Government and industry must work together.”
She admitted this relationship was a new paradigm since government has long relied on its own data to monitor food safety. And she wondered aloud, “How do we motivate industry to work with us?”
In a question-and-answer session that followed, Murano said it is possible those in food-related industries would be reluctant to submit documentation that could motivate government agencies to shut down a facility with food products, when industry officials would prefer to correct a problem on their own.
Publication date: 08/18/2003