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 Ministry of Tourism, the Directorate for Quality Management, International Cooperation and the EU, led by Assistant Minister Olivera Shejbal, as a level 1 intermediary body within the Operational Program ‘Effective Human Resources 2014-2020’, organized a workshop on “Centers of Competence in Tourism (CEKOM “with representatives of the economy in the tourism and hospitality sector)Regional centers of competence are places of excellence in vocational education and training in which programs of regular vocational education, vocational training and lifelong learning as well as other forms of formal and non-formal education (work-based learning, competitions and presentations of knowledge and skills, etc.) will be implemented. The centers will be established in five sectors: tourism and hospitality, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and ICT, agriculture and health.Through an interactive workshop, led by Marija Kalinic, an expert in education in the field of human resources, representatives of the economy in the tourism and hospitality sector as potential partners were introduced to the basic concept and through a joint contribution identified the role, needs and expectations of employers tourism. Through the presentation of the concept of regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector, the Ministry of Tourism presented what distinguishes CEKOM from secondary vocational schools, the five basic features of CEKOM and the role of the employer in their establishment and internship programs.Photo: MintThe establishment of regional competence centers is planned within the Operational Program ‘Effective Human Resources 2014-2020’, in investment priority 10iv: “Improving the importance of education and training systems for the labor market, facilitating the transition from school to work, strengthening the vocational education system and training and their quality, inter alia through skills prediction mechanisms, curriculum adaptation and the introduction and development of work-based learning systems, including dual learning systems and apprenticeship programs “, within specific objective 2:” Modernizing the supply of vocational education and raising its qualities in order to increase the employability of students as well as opportunities for further education ”.The Ministry of Tourism points out that they continue to actively participate in creating conditions for announcing tenders for the establishment of regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector, and the basic precondition is the adoption of a new Law on Vocational Education under the Ministry of Science and Education.