Today’s Topic: Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum takes place Aug. 18

by | Aug 11, 2015


Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

The 11th annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum is going to take place on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Expo Center at the State Fairgrounds. Most years, the forum focuses on the safety of food. But this year the focus is shifting to the availability of food and how a disease such as highly pathogenic avian influenza can affect it.

There haven’t been any cases of HPAI in North Carolina, but it has led to the loss of more than 48 million birds in 21 states. The virus doesn’t pose a threat to food safety, but the availability of certain poultry and egg products has been affected. And consumers have noticed an increase in the price of eggs in recent months.

The forum will feature presentations by Dr. Barry Meade with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Allyson Perry of the Center for Food Integrity, and Oscar Garrison with United Egg Producers.

The event is organized by the NCDA&CS and sponsored by Harris Teeter. Admission is free and includes lunch, but pre-registration by Aug. 14 is required. You can register by clicking here.

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss the Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum.

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