CALS-hosted senate hearing on fruit and vegetable safety draws national attention

A hearing convened by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl at the College’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station on Monday, March 12 received national attention. The hearing, held by the agriculture subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, focused on the issue of food safety and called for additional research and rapid response teams to help prevent and contain contamination of produce. The media attention was focused on reactions to FDA’s call for voluntary use by food processors of systems to monitor for foodborne contaminants. Among those testifying was Michael Pariza, CALS professor and director of the UW Food Research Institute.