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October 11, 2011

National Archives Hosts "Food Frights" Program October 27

Program explores scary issue of food safety past and present

Washington, DC…On Thursday, October 27, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will host a “Food Frights” program exploring food safety past and present. This event, part of the National Archives “America Eats” series, is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events Entrance, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

Ever hear of the “Poison Squad” or read author Upton Sinclair’s exposé of the meat packing industry? How did America’s government become involved in the food safety of its citizens? A panel explores how this involvement started, how far we have come, and how food safety will look in the future. David Gregory of “Meet the Press” moderates a panel including Philip Derfler, USDA/FSIS Deputy Administrator; Suzanne Junod, FDA senior historian; Caroline Smith DeWaal, Director of the Food Safety Program, Center for Science in the Public Interest; and Chef José Andrés, Chief Culinary Advisor for the “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit at the National Archives.

Related program: Food Day Open House

Monday, October 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., National Archives Museum Level
Want to talk about food-related initiatives? Come meet representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Mars, Inc, FRESHFARM Markets, ThinkFood Group, and other food-related organizations. Presented in with conjunction with the National Archives exhibit “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”and Food Day, a nationwide event sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured. To verify the date and times of the programs, call 202-357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online.

About “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”

“What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” explores the Government’s effect on the American diet. Unearth the stories and personalities behind the increasingly complex programs and legislation that affect what Americans eat. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs through January 3, 2012, in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through March 14, 2012. More information on “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?

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