US import safety panel calls for risk-based monitoring

first_img Mike Leavitt, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), led the investigation and presented the report to the president on Sep 10. In a letter that accompanied the report, Leavitt wrote that the United States must shift from a “snapshot” approach of stopping unsafe products at the border to a “video” model that identifies critical points in an imported product’s life cycle. Because state and federal agencies don’t use integrated information-sharing systems, crucial information on imports is sometimes missed, the report says. For example, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) import inspection data system is not connected to the system used by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Jun 28 CIDRAP News story “Drugs in Chinese seafood trigger FDA import ban” Sep 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A cabinet-level working group assigned by President Bush in July to explore import safety issues issued its initial report recently, suggesting a risk-based monitoring strategy and calling on government agencies to use technology to improve collaboration on import-related activities. Bush’s actions were prompted by several recent product safety problems that surfaced over the summer and involved Chinese imports. Food-related incidents involved melamine-contaminated wheat gluten that was used in animal and fish feed, and seafood that contained residues of unauthorized veterinary drugs. See also: Another challenge that government officials need to address is companies and individuals that circumvent US restrictions on certain imports. For example, the working group found that in 2006 CBP intercepted 45 containers of chicken, chicken parts, and other meat products that were smuggled into the country as frozen seafood. Leavitt said in his letter that over the next several weeks the working group will gather comments and recommendations from the public. In mid November the group will follow up with an action plan that will contain several short- and long-term recommendations. “Such a risk-based, prevention-focused model will help ensure that safety is built into products before they reach our borders,” Leavitt wrote. “This lack of connectivity between CBP and USDA systems has created the possibility, which is now being addressed, for imported products to enter domestic commerce without being inspected in accordance with federal requirements,” the report states. Jul 20 CIDRAP News story “FAO, WHO urge vigilance in light of recent food scares”last_img read more

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PRESS RELEASE: Millenia Architects Awards Scholarship

first_imgLifestyleLocalNewsReader BitesThe Built Environment PRESS RELEASE: Millenia Architects Awards Scholarship by: – February 8, 2019 Share 442 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Lead Architect at Millenia Architects, Marcus Philbert and Ms. Nerrisa GeorgeAs part of the Millenia Architects Guiding Light Initiative launched in June of 2018, a scholarship for tuition covering a one-year Architecture Associates degree program at the Dominica State College was awarded to Ms. Nerrisa George of Calibishie.“The Millenia Group, comprising of: Millenia Architects; Sorell Consulting Ltd; Kaliber Construction & Homes; and Millenia Realty believes that sustainable development goes far beyond bricks and mortar. That is why we have decided to invest in the development of the human resource that is needed to create a resilient economy for decades to come.” said Executive Director of the Millenia Group, Alistair Grell.“This initiative has also benefited two other young people so far.  The intern who went through our six (6) months internship last year has since been employed as a permanent member of our team.  Also, there is one person currently participating in on-the-job training and mentorship from our team.”last_img read more

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Ugandan football coming of age

first_imgFUFA president Eng Moses Magogo. File photo.By  Moses MagogoFOOTBALL–Five Years ago as we tried to convince government to fund the national team, the then-PS Education wondered how we can look for money to transport people by air to go and play when UNEB was lacking funds. The destiny of football could not go beyond the whims of the PS neither did it merit any seconds of thoughtFast forward, today, I am here excited that FUFA’s advocacy agenda has delivered football and generally sports to the highest table of decision making in this country. We have talked, written, demonstrated, lobbied, appealed, explained, and achieved sporting results to communicate the value of sport to Our Nation. We are eventually getting there.I will take the moment to thank President Museveni and the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni for hosting both Football and Netball to their Country Home in Rwakitura on 2nd January 2018.I was personally full of emotions that despite the busy schedule and several important programmes, the Head of State and the First Lady spent a full day with sportsmen freely talking to everyone, joking, playing, drinking, eating, laughing but most importantly talking sport.The Grandchildren of the First Family demanded to take pictures with the Uganda Cranes and narrated how they follow all Uganda Cranes matches. The State House staff did not hide their excitement of mingling with the Uganda Cranes. This is just a good sample to show how far we have carried the brandThe Head of State believes that with tapping talent early and with proper feeding, our players will be able to shoot Enyanda. He would relay minute by minute of the Uganda Vs. Ghana AFCON Match where Isaac Isinde gave away a simple penalty and Farouk Miya hit a feeble ball instead of Enyanda like Bunyenyezi used to do.We also discussed the economics of Sports and the moment of humour was when the two neighbours disagreed. The President thought when the players go out of the country for professional football it is good for them and the country while Maama Janet thought it weakens the league and has a domino effect on the national team as well. The President and First Lady were being engaged in a deeply technical sports discussion and considering that both arguments carried weight, I proposed to postpone the debate of the neighbours to a later date.The Minister of Education and Sports preached that the talent of sportsmen is a gift from God. She called upon all sportsmen and women to owe allegiance to the one true God. She gave both football and netball two movies to watch thus “Facing the Giants” and “the Chariot of Venice”The Output of the Story is that we have delivered football and generally sport from the pitches to the final decision making office. It continues to reverberate in my ears when Ms Janet Museveni in her own remarks said football is no longer recreational but an economic activity that promotes our country.This attention of the First Family has automatically and exponentially elevated the priority level of football and the Sports from a fitness activity to one that must be attended to urgently. In marketing it is called *”Postioning”* and this is not accidental instead it has taken us strategies and timeWith this support, we have within 24 hours engaged with the technocrats from the Ministry of Education and Sports, National Council of Sports and the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development and as we speak, a supplementary funding to a tune of 13b UGX is being processed to support Football, Netball, Boxing, Athletics, Basketball, Rugby and Other Sports in the next 6 months to the end of the 2017/8 Budget.The MOFPED has also formally allowed the MoES to include the Activities for the 2018/9 Financial Year starting July 2018. In principle, what the country has been crying for has been answered. Government will hereafter provide funding in the National Budget for National Teams and the days of over staying the welcome of HE the President by soliciting for funding from State House are gone.I must mention specifically that the Minister of State for Sports Hon Charles Bakabulindi has been very instrumental in this achievement. I believe it is a bigger score than qualification to afcon after 40yearsThank you HE the President, the First Lady and all the government officials who have made this happenTo the athletes, It is time to shine*It is Our Game, It is Our Country*The writer is the FUFA presidentComments Tags: toplast_img read more

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