Food safety education conference set for next March

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WASHINGTON — The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and non-profit public health organization NSF International have scheduled a food safety education conference for March 23-26, 2010.

The conference, "Advancements in Food Safety Education: Trends, Tools and Technologies," is part of the Obama administration’s effort to protect the public from foodborne illness, and it will provide a forum for discussing the recent information and ideas for general and at-risk populations on a variety of food safety issues. The conference is expected to advance the agenda of the recently formed Food Safety Working Group.

"Foodborne illness is a public health and regulatory challenge that we must continue to address, and the Obama administration is committed to making important strides to keep families safe," said Jerold Mande, U.S.D.A. deputy undersecretary for food safety. "Through food safety education and partnership development, we can empower consumers with the knowledge to engage in safe food handling behaviors that reduce exposure to pathogens known to cause foodborne illness."

In addition to the F.S.I.S. and NSF International, other sponsors of the conference include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the NSF/WHO Collaborating Centre for Food Safety, the U.S.D.A.’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and Food and Nutrition Service, and the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

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