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November 13, 2007
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Ambassador Johnson Speaks at Food Safety Roundtable

Washington, D.C. -- Ambassador Allen Johnson spoke to a food safety roundtable sponsored by the World Food Law Institute, the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).  The roundtable discussion focused on three recent proposals on food safety developed by the U.S. government inter-agency working group on import safety, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). 


Johnson explained that changes to the U.S. food safety system in the current environment are very likely and can actually provide opportunities for companies if they are prepared to adapt and take advantage of them.  While a developing country exporter to the U.S. might look at the proposed regulations as restrictive, the trade capacity building and outreach elements of the plan will help countries that want to export to U.S. understand how our system works and what is required to be certified.  U.S. producers that export their products overseas can benefit from this outreach as foreign governments gain a better understanding of U.S. food safety system, which can help break down SPS barriers in overseas markets.  AFJ is well positioned to work with U.S. and foreign companies and countries to understand these proposed changes.  AFJ can also help clients to anticipate and adapt to the new system in order to take advantage of new opportunities.