U.S.-Egypt Workshop in Hurghada Addresses Food Security and Hazardous Material Issues

Partnering with Egyptian agricultural and biological experts, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Embassy organized a three-day workshop in Hurghada on “Laboratory Management of Biological Risk.” Held September 29-October 1, the workshop facilitated dialogue among Egyptian and U.S. laboratory specialists and helped raise awareness of the security risks associated with hazardous biological material, including the need to safely protect the people and employees who work with such material.

Egyptian participants in the workshop learned to identify potential vulnerabilities and to develop effective measures to reduce the risk of contamination or biological outbreaks that could affect the food supply and public health.

Ambassador Beecroft called the workshop “another example of close bilateral U.S.-Egyptian scientific collaboration. By addressing basic issues of pathogen security and safe laboratory practice, the workshop helped promote scientific advances that serve the Egyptian public. It further strengthened the people-to-people ties that underpin the strong relationship between our two countries.”