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NEWS RELEASE 01-072; May 16, 2001 May 16, 2001
News Release 01-072
Inv. No. 332-421

MEDIA ADVISORY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold a public hearing in connection with its general factfinding investigation concerning Processed Foods and Beverages: A Description of Tariff and Non-tariff Barriers for Major Products and their Impact on Trade on Tuesday, May 22, 2001. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Main Hearing Room, ITC Building, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, is conducting the investigation at the request of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. The Commission will submit its report to the Committee by October 1, 2001.

Further information about this investigation is available on the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov. Users are referred to a Federal Register notice (posted under "Official Notices" in the Information Center section) and a news release (posted under "News Releases" in the Information Center section) issued on November 21, 2001. The witness list is expected to be available by Monday, May 21, 2001; when available, it will be posted in the "This Week" section of the Internet site.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

ITC hearings are open to the media and the public. Due to building security requirements, broadcast media planning to cover this hearing are asked to contact Peg O'Laughlin at 202-205-1819 in advance.

   EVENT:    Public hearing in connection with ITC factfinding investigation Processed Foods
             and Beverages: A Description of Tariff and Non-tariff Barriers for Major
             Products and their Impact on Trade

   TIME/DATE:  9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2001

   PLACE:      Main Hearing Room, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC

   CONTACT:    Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

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