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June 8, 2010

PwC, Leavitt Partners forge food safety team

PricewaterhouseCoopers US (PwC) and Leavitt Partners US have entered an exclusive joint business relationship to help advise organisations on food safety issues.

The partnership will combine PwC’s business and technical consulting experience with Leavitt Partners’ expertise of regulatory food safety.

PwC and Leavitt Partners plan to become leading strategic advisers on protecting clients from the potential impact of more stringent food safety rules that are being debated in the US Senate.

The S 425 – Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act provides the Food and Drug Administration with increased authority to monitor the safety of food supplies and enable them to take greater action against companies that do not adequately protect against food contamination. It is likely to have an adverse effect on farmers and food processors.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year the US has 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses, with 5,000 resulting in death. A former food and drug administration economist estimates the annual cost of this problem is $152bn.

“This alliance brings together two acknowledged leaders with complementary skills that together can deploy our strengths in understanding, meeting and addressing ever-changing federal requirements around food safety. Through this relationship we will lead change,” Leavitt Partners chairman Michael Leavitt said.

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