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Informational meeting Oct. 28 on FDA food bioterrorism regulation

The Border Technology Deployment Center and Food Safety Laboratory of New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory will host a satellite television meeting on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new food bioterrorism regulation.

nt will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in PSL's auditorium. The PSL building is located at the corner of Espina and Stewart Streets on the NMSU campus. The registration desk opens at 10:30 a.m.

Individuals and organizations involved with the importing of agricultural or prepared food products are encouraged to attend.

The FDA's final regulations implementing provisions of Title III of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 will be discussed. The meeting will also provide information on the final rules for registration of food facilities and prior notice of imported food shipments.

All foreign and domestic facilities that manufacture, process, pack, distribute, receive or hold food for consumption by humans or animals in the United States must register with the FDA no later than Dec. 12. Also, starting Dec. 12, the FDA must receive advance notice of each shipment of food into the United States.

For more information on the satellite downlink go to: www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html.

To register for the meeting, contact Sharon McDermott by phone at (505) 522-9449, by fax at (505) 521-9600 or by e-mail at btdc@psl.nmsu.edu. Space is limited and the deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 20. To receive an electronic parking permit go to: www.campusvisitor.com.