Food safety is one of the fundamental cornerstones of our industry. As a contributing factor to food security, human health, economic prosperity, market access, and sustainable development, maintaining a keen focus on preventing, detecting, and managing foodborne risks is an industry imperative.
The onslaught of COVID-19 has heightened consumers’ concerns about food safety. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have worked to reassure consumers that food and food packaging are not a likely source or method of transmitting the coronavirus, the public’s concern about food preparation and handling remains.
These concerns make this September’s celebration of National Food Safety Education Month even more timely and relevant. National Food Safety Education Month provides an annual opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of food safety. It is also the perfect time to remind people of the simple steps they can take to ensure the food on their table is safe to consume.
IFT has assembled the following information and resources to help you increase your understanding of food safety and share the basic principles with those around you.
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Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing more helpful information, tips, research, and resources here on this page, as well as on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Watch our Food Safety and Defense page to see what's new and share what you learn with family and friends using the hashtags #NFSEM, #NationalFoodSafetyMonth, and #foodsafety.
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Following IFT efforts to raise awareness among policymakers about the importance of funding food science research, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program has allocated $39 million for the Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health priority area for the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years.