International Visitor Leadership ProgramThree staff members of the Northwest Region (SCSO Dave Hunsaker, CSO Whitney Moore and SCSO Chris Pratt) presented an overview of the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program to a recent International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegation from Japan on June 13, 2016 in Seattle. The event was coordinated by the World Affairs Council.
The delegation's visit focused on food safety systems in the U.S. There were 10 participants in the visiting group, all of whom work on food safety science and protocol in various capacities in Japan. The visitors included representatives from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Saitama Department of Health, Japan Food Hygiene Association, Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Health Sciences.
After the presentation the combined group visited a local seafood processing facility for a tour of their facilities and a meeting with plant management.