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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2011


CONTACT:

Tressa Iris Kirby
202-687-8865
tk275@georgetown.edu


President Barack Obama Signs Food Modernization Act

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER FOOD SAFETY EXPERT AVAILABLE TO COMMENT TO MEDIA


Washington, DC –President Barack Obama signed into law the Food Modernization Act on January 4, 2011 giving the FDA the tools and authority to help prevent the burden of food-borne illnesses. Food safety expert Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, can provide background and discuss the impacts of the new law including what the legislation means for the FDA’s oversight on the nation’s food supply and the impact on growers, manufacturers, importers and food processors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 48 million cases of food-borne illnesses reported each year, of which 180,000 individuals are hospitalized. Another 3000 Americans will die each year.

Anderko holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University Medical Center and is a member of the Georgetown Food Safety Workgroup (FSW). The group, which convened in June 2008, is charged with discovering how evidence-based health law can help solve gaps in the global food supply chain. Anderko specializes in environmental and public health.

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.


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