(July 17) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Food and Drug Administration in conjunction with the Western Association of Food and Drug Officials is conducting a series of workshops focusing on biosecurity and food recalls.

The first of the three workshops is set to take place July 25 at the Oakland Federal Building Auditorium in Oakland, Calif.

The workshop will kick off with a food security session moderated by Jim Waddell, acting chief of the California branch of the FDA. The program also features an update on bioterrorism legislation currently in Congress.

David Bourne, from the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, will present a lecture on tamper-evident packaging and product counterfeiting. The afternoon portion of the workshop will cover such topics as food security preventative measures and planning for and conducting product recalls.

The second workshop, featuring a similar agenda, is scheduled to take place at the Ronald Reagan State Building Auditorium in Los Angeles on Aug. 28. The third workshop is scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Seattle Center in Seattle.

All three workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deadline for registration is 10 days before to the day of the event.

Cost for each workshop is $29, which includes lunch.

For more information, contact Mike Gorvo at the Western Association of Food and Drug Officials at (503) 986-4720 or e-mail mgorvo@oda.state.or.us. More information may also be found online at www.wafdo.org.