FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2009
Advancements in Food Safety Education: Trends, Tools and Technologies
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – To help educate the public about food-borne illness and its prevention, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NSF International (NSF), a leading public health and safety organization, today announced their second jointly-hosted food safety education conference: Advancements in Food Safety Education: Trends, Tools and Technologies.
WHAT: The conference will focus on identifying communication and education strategies to increase the public’s knowledge of the causes of food-borne illnesses and improve consumer food safety practices (including control and defense against microbiological food safety risks).
WHEN/WHERE: The conference will take place Tuesday-Friday, March 23-26, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.
WHO: In addition to the USDA and NSF, other key sponsors include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NSF/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Food Safety and the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE).
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Public health professionals, health care providers, medical communicators, food safety educators, extension service personnel, consumer and industry groups, communications technology experts, regulators, and science and health writers.
HOW: Information will be provided in plenary sessions, break out sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations and pre-conference workshops. The conference will build on the success of the 2006 conference, Reaching at Risk Audiences and Today’s Other Food Safety Challenges, which discussed research and insights for reducing food-borne illness in general and at-risk populations.
The conference will demonstrate how communication technologies and social marketing techniques, including social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogs, Webinars, can be used to reach consumers on food safety issues. Innovative food safety education programs will also be highlighted. Other key topics will include:
“The goal of this conference is to help educate consumers by bringing together the nation's leading authorities on food safety, epidemiology, academia, regulation, education and public health,” said Stan Hazan, Senior Director of NSF’s Regulatory Affairs. “It is the ideal forum to discuss future food safety educational initiatives and consumer outreach programs.”
Individuals interested in presenting, exhibiting, sponsoring or attending the conference can visit www.fsis.usda.gov/atlanta2010. For more information, contact Cynthia Ellis at Atlanta2010@nsf.org or call 734-827-5681.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, non-profit organization, helps protect public health by developing national standards and by inspecting, testing and certifying products related to food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environments. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, dietary supplement certification and testing, sustainable business solutions, consumer product testing, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.