Yesterday's Style Food Section erroneously gave the day of the Vegetarian Society of D.C.'s 50th anniversary banquet as Saturday. The dinner will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Capital Memorial Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. The time is 6 p.m. The cost for non-members is $6. For further information call 587-0738.
The Department of Agriculture has began an involved procedure intended to [WORD ILLEGIBLE] to major changes in federal inspection of meat and poultry. The first of three-public-briefings, was held here last week to explain proposals but forth by the consulting firm Boox, Allen and Hamilton.
An increased self-policing role by industry is foreseen on a keystone to saving as much as $200 million through [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Expenses have risen sharply for the labor-intensive poultry and beef inspection programs in recent years due to inflation and a transfer to the federal government of plant inspection previously performed by the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] "Significant growth," is expected to continue.
The consulting firm recommended improving the effectiveness of the newly named Food Safety and Quality Service by [WORD ILLEGIBLE] the "organizational structure" and "management methods" of meat and poultry inspection.
The biggest saving would be accomplished by "ending the practice of using the federal inspector as a type of quality control manager" who examines individual [WORD ILLEGIBLE] or [WORD ILLEGIBLE] on a production line. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] industry would feed data into several quality control programs, be subject to [WORD ILLEGIBLE] and possible economic penalties for non-compliance. The firm proposed a continuous sampling plan" for poultry as well and a change of emphasis in red meat inspection toward classification and disposition of "defective animals." Reassigning field personnel to equalise work loads and an improved internal flow of information were among suggestions for improved managements.
Several of the proposals would require the approval of Congress Carol Tucker Foreman, assistant secretary of Agriculture for Food and Consumer Services, said last week that the briefings (others were set for Chicago and San Francisco this week) and a public hearing scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27 were meaningful. "We had not accepted or rejected the report," she said. "We are reviewing it and won't decide until we know what groups effected by it have to say." Congressional action on the proposals, if they are accepted or modified, is not expected this year.
She said another consultant would be hired to review the report in detail from the "public health and consumer interest point of view." A group of "consumer leaders" was given a day-long briefing last Thursday, then taken on a [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of food and poultry plants last Friday.
"We promised to try to get more public participation in our decision making," she said. "This is an example."
The Vegetarian Society of the District of Columbia is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday with a Middle Eastern vegetarian meal at the Capital [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Church, 3150-Chesapeake St. NW. The guest speaker is Dr. David Phillips, author of "From Soil to Psyche" and the "From Soil to Psyche Cookhook."
The public is invited to the celebration, which begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $4.50 for members of the society and $6 for non-members.
Entries are now being accepted for a "Cook & Tell" recipe contest sponsored by Uncle Ben's Foods. Recipes may be submitted in four categories - menu accompaniments side dishes, main dishes, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] money saving main dishes. They must utilize one of four Uncle Ben's products - converted or quick brand rice, long grain and wild rice or Stuff 'n' Such - and be accompanied by a box top from the appropriate product. A contestant may submit more than one entry, with a separate box too for each.
The grand prize is $5,000. There will be $1,000 first and $500 second prizes in each category.
Contestants must mail their entries by Dec. 31 to Uncle Ben "Cook & Tell" Contest, P.O. Box 1027, Tinley Park, Ill. 60477.