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AMTRAK, FDA REACH AGREEMENT

 AMTRAK, FDA REACH AGREEMENT
 WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Amtrak reported today that it


is immediately launching a two-step program to improve car cleaning, sanitation and food handling aboard its trains.
 The program results from an agreement Amtrak has made with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has found deficiencies in Amtrak's current practices in these areas. This agreement with FDA follows a series of inspections conducted between January and April of this year. The parties are seeking court approval of an order which will embody Amtrak's remedial program.
 The first steps, some of which have already begun, include:
 -- Inspection, repair and replacement of food refrigeration units
 as necessary.
 -- Expanded training, testing and supervision of employees
 responsible for food handling and passenger and dining car
 sanitation.
 -- Expansion of current pest control programs by undertaking more
 frequent fumigation of all passenger cars, improving car
 cleaning and inspection, and properly removing and storing
 trash.
 Amtrak will also select a qualified firm to help develop a comprehensive program that will be submitted to FDA to address these concerns on a long-term basis.
 "We recognize the need for improvement and have already begun, even before signing the agreement with FDA," said Amtrak President W. Graham Claytor Jr. "While these improvements are essential, we believe Amtrak passengers can continue to use our service with confidence. Our passengers are our first concern and I can assure them that we are taking all possible actions to ensure their comfort and welfare today and in the future."
 Claytor added, "We are committed to fulfilling the terms of our agreement with the FDA and making these improvements a reality."
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 /CONTACT: Clifford Black or Sue Martin of Amtrak, 202-906-3860/ CO: Amtrak; Food and Drug Administration ST: District of Columbia IN: TRN HEA SU:


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