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Ninth annual Food Safety Forum scheduled for Aug. 27

Registration is open for the ninth annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum, scheduled for Aug. 27 at the State Fairgrounds.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host the event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. It is open to farmers, food businesses, regulators, health professionals and others with an interest in food safety. Admission is free and includes lunch.

“The Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping reform of food safety regulation in the United States,” Troxler said. “The forum will focus on the proposals from the perspective of the federal government, retailers and farmers. Anyone interested in food safety is encouraged to attend and learn about these issues affecting food safety at all levels of the supply chain.”

In addition to new federal food safety rules, the forum will also cover supply-chain verification for imported products and the cost of implementing quality control.

Scheduled speakers include FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor; Jenny Scott, senior advisor to the director of food safety at FDA; Michael Roberson, director of corporate quality assurance at Publix Supermarkets; Matt Solana, vice president of Jackson Farming Co.; and Dr. Richard Linton, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University.

To register for the forum, visit  by Aug. 21. People with questions should contact Christina Waggett at or 919-707-3008.

The forum is organized by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and sponsored by Publix, N.C. Egg Association, N.C. SweetPotato Commission, Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and Walmart. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.