President Bush's food safety panel visits processor – Fishupdate.com

President Bush’s food safety panel visits processor Published:  09 August, 2007

The panel will report back to President Bush next month

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt visited the Baltimore headquarters of Phillips Foods, Inc. & Seafood Restaurants this week to gather information for the President’s Panel.

The visit took place on Monday, after Mr Leavitt and Food and Drug Agency Chief Andrew C. von Eschenbach spent the morning at ports in New Jersey.

According to Phillips, the company has an “excellent” record with the FDA and high quality standards, and the visit therefore served as a helpful recommendation of quality regulations and proper controls for overseas suppliers.

After reviewing the overall company structure and policies with Phillips’ CEO, Steve Phillips, the panel then toured the warehouse, discussing handling procedures and inspection protocols.

As the leading supplier of blue crab meat and crab cakes to the foodservice industry, Phillips also ranks as the 8th largest brand in the retail grocery division, as ranked by AC Nielson (30/06//07).

The visit to Phillips served as one of a series across the country. Last month, President Bush created a panel now chaired by Mr Leavitt. With hopes for public reassurance and better standards, the panel has been charged with gathering information which it will report to President Bush next month.

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