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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


Notice of public workshop.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs, Southwest Regional Office (SWRO), in cosponsorship with Oklahoma State University, Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), is announcing a public workshop entitled “Food Defense Workshop.” This public workshop is intended to provide information about food defense as it relates to food facilities such as farms, manufacturers, processors, distributors, retailers, and restaurants.

Date and Time: This public workshop will be held on November 2, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: The public workshop will be held at the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma State University, 148 FAPC, Stillwater, OK 74078-6055.

Contact: David Arvelo, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration, Southwest Regional Office, 4040 North Central Expressway, suite 900, Dallas, TX 75204, 214-253-Start Printed Page 605064952, FAX: 214-253-4970, e-mail:

For information on accommodation options, contact conference coordinator Karen Smith or Andrea Graves at the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma State University, 148 FAPC, Stillwater, OK 74078-6055, 405-744-6071, FAX: 405-744-6313, or e-mail: or More information is also available online at​fooddefense.html. (FDA has verified the Web site address, but FDA is not responsible for any subsequent changes to the Web site after this document publishes in the Federal Register.)

Registration: You are encouraged to register by October 21, 2011. The workshop has a $150 registration fee to cover the cost of facilities, materials, speakers, and breaks. Seats are limited; please submit your registration as soon as possible. The workshop will be filled in order of receipt of registration. Those accepted into the workshop will receive confirmation. Registration will close after the workshop is filled. Registration at the site is not guaranteed but may be possible on a space available basis on the day of the public workshop beginning at 8 a.m. The cost of registration at the site is $200 payable to FAPC. There is no registration fee for FDA employees.

If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Karen Smith (see Contact) at least 7 days in advance.

Registration Form Instructions: To register, please complete the online registration form at​fooddefense.html.

Transcripts: Transcripts of the public workshop will not be available due to the format of this workshop. Course handouts may be requested after the date of the public workshop through the contact persons (see Contact) at cost plus shipping.

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This public workshop is being held in response to the large volume of food defense inquiries from food manufacturers originating from the area covered by the FDA Dallas District Office. The SWRO presents this workshop to help achieve objectives set forth in section 406 of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (21 U.S.C. 393), which include working closely with stakeholders and maximizing the availability and clarity of information to stakeholders and the public. This is consistent with the purposes of the Southwest Regional Small Business Representative Program, which are in part to respond to industry inquiries, develop educational materials, and sponsor workshops and conferences to provide firms, particularly small businesses, with firsthand working knowledge of FDA's regulations and compliance policies. This workshop is also consistent with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), as outreach activities by government agencies to small businesses.

The goal of this public workshop is to present information that will enable regulated industry to better comply with the regulations authorized by the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act) and to better understand FDA's food defense guidance documents, especially in light of growing concerns about food protection. Information that FDA presents will be based on Agency position as articulated through regulation, guidance, and information previously made available to the public. Topics to be discussed at the workshop (both by FDA and non-FDA speakers) include: (1) Food defense awareness and definitions, (2) FDA food defense tools such as ALERT and Employees FIRST, (3) regulations issued under the Bioterrorism Act, (4) food defense guidance documents, (5) investigating food-related incidents effectively, (6) physical plant security, (7) crisis management, and other related topics. For more information, please visit​fooddefense.html. FDA expects that participation in this public workshop will provide regulated industry with greater understanding of the Agency's regulatory and policy perspectives on food protection, increase compliance with FDA regulations, and heighten food defense awareness.

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Dated: September 23, 2011.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2011-25114 Filed 9-28-11; 8:45 am]