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HHS Secretary to Visit Pacific Seafood to Discuss Import Safety, Preview Trip to China

Sunday, November 25, 2007 General News J E 4
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The busy holiday shopping season is underway and many Americans may havequestions about the safety of food and products they buy -- many of which areimported. With this in mind, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavittwill visit Pacific Seafood on Wednesday to talk about import safety and waysto better protect consumers.

Secretary Leavitt recently presented President Bush with an Action Plandeveloped by an intra-governmental Import Safety Working Group to providespecific recommendations to enhance the safety of the increasing volume ofimports entering the United States. Increased penalties of up to $10 million,new certification methods, enhanced enforcement authority and a larger U.S.presence at overseas facilities are just some of the provisions of the ActionPlan.

Pacific Seafood Group is a family owned seafood company based in theWestern United States. The Pacific Group processes West Coast products fromAlaska to Mexico and owns and operates distribution facilities and distributesin Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah. Thecompany exports products throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East and alsoimports products from many of these areas. During the visit, the Secretarywill also preview his upcoming trip to China, where he hopes to finalizeagreements with the Chinese government on the safety of Chinese-made goodsexported to the U.S.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to participate in the tourand will have the opportunity to ask questions of Secretary Leavitt at a pressavailability that will follow.

For more information and a copy of the Action Plan, please visitwww.importsafety.govWHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 9:10 a.m. PDT Secretary Leavitt tours Pacific Seafood Group 9:40 a.m. PDT Media Availability (NOTE: media should arrive by 2:45 p.m. PDT) WHERE: Pacific Seafood Group 16797 S E. 130th Avenue Clackamas, Oregon 97015 CONTACT: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343 CREDENTIALED PRESS, PLEASE ARRIVE BY 8:45 A.M. PDT.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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