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Craig Hedberg says the bill marks a major shift in providing government oversight and requiring producers to take responsibility for preventing food-borne illness outbreaks.

U of M expert says nation's food-safety overhaul still requires consumers to be smart

December 2, 2010

The United States Senate’s passage this week of a major overhaul to the nation’s food-safety system has made front page headlines. While the bill now needs to makes its way through the U.S. House before reaching the president’s desk, many consumers might be wondering what real changes they will actually see. A University of Minnesota who can discuss the legislation’s implications for consumers is:

Craig Hedberg, professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Public Health


Hedberg says the bill marks a major shift in providing government oversight and requiring producers to take responsibility for preventing food-borne illness outbreaks.  

To see a video interview with Hedberg discussing the Food Safety Modernization Act and its implications for consumers, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyNLZ70A9To.

However, there aren’t a lot of things that are going to happen overnight, Hedberg says. “Most changes won’t be immediately visible to the consumer.” He adds that consumers are partners in making sure they safely consume food. “You still have to wash your hands.”

Hedberg’s teaching and research interests include food borne disease surveillance; surveillance of environmental factors associated with food-borne disease; the role of food workers in the occurrence of food borne diseases; and use of epidemiologic methods in outbreak investigations and disease control.

To interview Hedberg, contact Nick Hanson, U of M Academic Health Center, (612) 624-2449 or hans2853@umn.edu; or Jeff Falk, University News Service, (612) 626-1720 or jfalk@umn.edu.

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