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”
The regular Assembly of the company Iločki podrumi dd was held in Ilok (April 05), as well as the session of the Supervisory Board of the company when the term of office of the current President of the Management Board, Mr. Robert Miljković, officially expired. The proposal to appoint a new five-member Management Board was unanimously adopted, and it was officially appointed on April 8, 2019 at the company’s headquarters. The company Iločki podrumi dd is the main driver of the development of the city of Ilok, the Croatian Danube region, Vukovar-Srijem County, Srijem vineyards and continental Croatia, whose path of renewal and development was difficult, but Iločki podrumi today is a brand of excellence, not only domestic but also international wine market. “So far, we have successfully dealt with many turbulences in the sector, economic opportunities and demographic outflows in the easternmost city of Croatia, but we are still not living all our potential, and Ilok cellars as a status company is now in the hands of young people boldly improve our business according to set goals”Concluded Mihaljevic. The closest team of associates was also addressed by the new President of the Management Board, Mr. Antonijo Kraljevic, noting that this decision and appointment is a great privilege. “This decision is primarily based on the results and contribution of all new members of the Management Board and their teams in the work and development of the company so far. Apart from the fact that this appointment is a confirmation of their dedicated work and results, it is important to note that all members of the new Management Board are related to the city of Ilok and the company from its share in the ownership structure.”Pointed out Juraj Mihaljević, the majority owner of the company The new Management Board is chaired by Mr. Antonijo Kraljevic, dipl. jur. The former chief oenologist, Mrs. Vera Zima, B.Sc. ing. agr. she was appointed a member Directorate of Viticulture and Enology. Mrs Darija Rotim, was appointed a member of the Sales Board, Ms. Ines Štivić for a member of the Management Board for Logistics and Procurement, and Ms. Karmela Tancabel for a member of the Management Board for Marketing and Export. Mr. was appointed as an external associate and advisor to the Management Board of the company Iločki podrumi Renato Krčmar.