The Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill on the Food System
Late-breaking session: Impact of the Gulf oil spill on the food system & beyond
Tuesday, July 20, 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.
Track: Food Safety & Defense
This session will provide an overview of the implications of the Gulf oil spill for the food system as a whole, particularly seafood and the ultimate impact on consumers and subsistence users. Presenters will address a number of aspects of this developing situation, including: impact on fisheries and mariculture (e.g., contamination, closures, and reopening of harvesting areas; supply chain; assurance of quality and safety; inspection and related activities); contamination of other food chain components; challenges presented by environmental and other uncertainties; aspects of clean-up activities; and considerations in assuring consumer confidence. The speakers include:
• Kantha Shelke, Corvus Blue LLC, Chicago, Ill.
• Ronald Klein, Alaska Dept of Environmental Conservation, Anchorage, Alaska
• Mike Voisin, Motivatit Seafoods LLC, Houma, La.