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DHS news release

Sept. 21, 2006


Contact: Bonnie Widerburg 971-673-1282
Technical contact: Dan Hilburn 503-986-4660

Public meeting notice


Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee meets Monday in Salem

What: Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee meeting


When: Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Conference Room D, Oregon Department of Agriculture, 635 Capitol St. N.E., Salem

1 p.m. -- Introduction and approval of July minutes.
1:15 p.m. -- Discuss public comments on the draft biopharm policy that has been developed and consider revisions to the policy. Comments may be viewed at the Departme​nt of Agriculture's Biopharming Web site. 
2:30 p.m. -- Discussion on how to present the draft biopharm policy to the 2007 Legislature.
1:50 p.m. -- Public comment, followed by closing remarks from committee chairman Jim Rue.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations should call the DHS Public Health Division, 971-673-1291, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Background: The Governor and the 2005 Senate charged the Oregon departments of Agriculture and Human Services with convening a Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee to develop a consensus policy recommendation to the Governor regarding biopharmaceuticals produced in human food or animal feed crops.

Biopharming is the production of pharmaceutical proteins or other materials in genetically engineered plants and animals.

The Committee has 10 standing members and is chaired by Jim Rue, State Board of Agriculture, with Keith Harcourt, Public Health Advisory Board, serving as vice chair. The State Board of Agriculture and the Public Health Advisory Board are equally represented, along with two independent scientists and two non-voting ex-officio members representing the Agriculture and Human Services departments.