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DHS news release

Oct. 26, 2006

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

Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee meets Monday in Portland

What: Biopharming Ad Hoc Committee meeting.


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

Where: Room 125, Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland.

1 p.m. -- Opening remarks and approval of September minutes.
1:15 p.m. -- Discuss final changes to draft biopharm policy and approve the policy.
2:30 p.m. -- Discuss legislative process.
2:50 p.m. -- Closing remarks by Jim Rue and public comments.

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 may call the DHS Public Health Division, 971-673-1291, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

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 chairman. 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.