Call for Posters

"Valuing the Health Benefits of Food Safety"

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seek submissions for posters for "Valuing the Health Benefits of Food Safety," a conference to be held at the University of Maryland, College Park on September 14-15, 2000. Other organizers and conference sponsors include: The NE-165 Regional Research Project, The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (University of Maryland and FDA), and The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services.

The agencies involved implement a variety of programs and policies to reduce risks associated with food consumption. The agencies use many different methods to estimate the reductions in risk associated with their policies; they also use different methods to assign dollar values to the human health benefits from the reduced risk. Because the agencies use a variety of different methods, it is often difficult to compare programs across agencies.

FDA, USDA, CDC, and EPA are planning a conference that will discuss economic issues related to valuing food safety risk reduction. The conference is intended to be a first step in developing a common approach to valuing risk reduction that will facilitate comparing programs across agencies. Specifically, four sessions dealing with the following topics are planned:

Submissions for poster sessions planned for the conference are now being accepted. Posters should summarize original research falling into one of the session topics listed above. Posters and accompanying information will become part of the conference record which will be used to formulate recommendations on the four topics. Submissions should, in three pages or less, summarize the information to be conveyed and describe how the poster format will be used to facilitate information-exchange. Plan for a 4' high by 8' wide (less approximately one inch for board frame) poster board. Summaries must be received by June 1, 2000. Selections will be finalized and authors will be notified by July 15, 2000. Submissions should be directed to Nicole Owens. Submissions will be accepted via email ( with attachments in Word Perfect 8.0 or Word97 or via postal mail (Nicole Owens, US EPA, 401 M Street (2172), Washington, DC 20460).


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