MILWAUKEE — August 22, 2007 — The American Society for Quality (ASQ), the world’s leading association on quality, this week submitted a written statement for the record to a congressional subcommittee that is focusing on food quality and safety in the United States.
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce recently held hearings entitled “Diminished Capacity: Can the FDA Assure the Safety and Security of the Nation’s Food Supply?” ASQ submitted a statement in order to offer perspectives from quality assurance professionals that it believes will be useful to the Subcommittee, to the FDA and to the food processing industry.
“ASQ is indebted to the Subcommittee for providing us the opportunity to submit suggestions and thoughts on how to drastically increase the safety of America’s food supply,” said Paul Borawski, ASQ executive director and chief strategic officer. “Congress and the FDA should be wary of the drumbeat calling for more inspection, as this represents a simplistic solution to a complex situation and an expensive approach that cannot work.”
Now that the food safety hearings are complete, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, will work with Congress to review input from all parties. Testimony and other written statements will be considered by Congress in drafting potential food quality legislation.
According to ASQ’s written statement of record, the Subcommittee should focus on several other areas in its assessment of the FDA’s ability to ensure safe food:
To view ASQ’s statement, visit the Advocacy Room of ASQ’s Web site at http://www.asq.org/advocacy/issues-actions/activities-topic.html. ASQ also discussed specific issues surrounding food safety in its most recent Quarterly Quality Report, titled “Food Safety: A Quality Management Systems Approach,” which can be found at http://www.asq.org/quality-report/index.html.
The American Society for Quality, www.asq.org, has been the world’s leading authority on quality for more than 60 years. With more than 93,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide. As champion of the quality movement, ASQ offers technologies, concepts, tools and training to quality professionals, quality practitioners and everyday consumers, encouraging all to Make Good Great®. ASQ has been the sole administrator of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1991. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., ASQ is a founding partner of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a prominent quarterly economic indicator, and also produces the Quarterly Quality Report.