Starting at 9:00 AM Eastern:
* Watch the opening of the Food Safety Working Group Listening Session at WhiteHouse.gov/live, kicked off by Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Vilsack, the co-chairs of the Working Group.
* Have a suggestion for reforming food safety policy? Drop it in our comment form, or let the Working Group know on twitter (hashtag #WHsafefood) or at our Facebook page.
In his March 14th Weekly Address, the President announced the creation of the Food Safety Working Group, chaired by the Secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. As the President said, the working group "will bring together cabinet secretaries and senior officials to advise me on how we can upgrade our food safety laws for the 21st century; foster coordination throughout government; and ensure that we are not just designing laws that will keep the American people safe, but enforcing them."
The White House Listening Session today is intended as an opportunity to engage stakeholders in a conversation to help shape the principles guiding reform. The opening remarks will be followed by smaller group breakout sessions with Administration and Congressional staff and stakeholders to discuss how to address major challenges and opportunities in this area. Along with the ideas and exchanges from the breakouts, Working Group staff will be sifting through your comments from all of the channels above to find valuable ideas and get a hint of what people interested in this topic are thinking.