FDA Official to Speak at U Connect 2010 Conference

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• Counselor to Commissioner will address supply chain, food and product safety • Early-bird discounts end on March 31

John M. Taylor, III, FDA Counselor to the Commissioner

We are moving from an approach that was once based on reacting to problems to one that proactively prevents such problems from ever occurring. I look forward to engaging with U Connect attendees on these issues.

John M. Taylor III, Counselor to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, will deliver a keynote address on June 9, 2010, at the annual U Connect Conference® hosted by GS1 US and VICS, the organizations announced today.

Representing the Office of the Commissioner, Taylor will discuss the importance of establishing controls from production to consumption, including an effective value chain, to help ensure the safety, quality, and integrity of FDA-regulated products.
“To fulfill our public health mission in a global age, FDA must adopt a new approach – one that addresses product safety by preventing problems at every point along the global supply chain, from the raw ingredient through production and distribution, all the way to U.S. consumers,” said Taylor. “We are moving from an approach that was once based on reacting to problems to one that proactively prevents such problems from ever occurring. I look forward to engaging with U Connect attendees on these issues.”

As Counselor to the FDA Commissioner, Taylor renders advice on policy development, interpretation, and integration across program lines. He also provides leadership in advocating for and advancing the Commissioner’s priorities for the development and management of emergency and crisis management policies and programs for FDA. In addition, he provides strategic oversight of FDA’s participation in internal and external counter-terrorism and emergency exercises, and oversees coordination of the agency’s evaluations of emergency and crisis situations.

As previously announced, the conference will feature keynotes from J. Alexander (Sandy) Douglas Jr., president of Coca-Cola North America (KO), and Rollin Ford, executive vice president and chief information officer for Walmart (WMT), on the conference’s opening day.

The conference will be held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, beginning on Mon., June 7 with pre-conference seminars. The main conference begins Tues., June 8. Exhibits will be open Monday through Wednesday.
Early-bird discounts end on March 31.

For more information: http://uconnect.gs1us.org.

Note to Editors: A photo of Mr. Taylor is available on request.

About GS1 US™
GS1 US is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the adoption and implementation of standards-based, global supply-chain solutions. More than 200,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, and traceability of their goods moving around the world. They achieve these benefits through GS1 US solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, bar codes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC®). http://www.GS1US.org.

About VICS
The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards (VICS) Association has enabled companies in the retail and consumer-focused industries to eliminate billions of dollars of waste and delay. By creating voluntary guidelines, often referred to as “standards,” VICS has created new best practices that ultimately lead to lower costs and better availability of products for consumers. VICS’ volunteer members improve the flow of products and information throughout retailing and the consumer-focused industries that supply retail. The Association provides leadership and an environment in which executives can make a difference in their industry, their company performance—and their personal commitment to make the world work a little bit better. VICS’ members help define the next best practices in the industries and thus anticipate and optimize business processes and costs. Additional information can be found at http://www.vics.org.

Media Contacts:
Jon Mellor, GS1 US
609-620-4656
jmellor(at)gs1us(dot)org

Ron Margulis, VICS
Phone: 908-272-3930
ron(at)rampr(dot)com

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