Our mission is to advance a stronger, more science-based food safety system that prevents foodborne illness and protects public health.
Our vision is a food system that consistently delivers safe, affordable, and nutritious food to all.
CFI was founded in 2006 to help America create innovative, science-based solutions for the food safety challenges of the 21st Century.
We view ourselves as knowledge brokers
...working to translate science into practical, evidence-informed policies that protect public health and prevent foodborne disease.
Our objective is to provide an independent voice
...committed to using the best available science to develop evidence-informed policies and practices that create a positive culture for food safety from farm to fork.
We are always rooted in science
...and use best practices for science-based advocacy as our guiding principles:
- Accurately characterize the best available, policy-relevant science;
- Clearly and thoroughly present the argument;
- Accurately characterize scientific uncertainty and avoid guesswork;
- Transparently represent the scientific basis for policy recommendations and explicitly acknowledge the values that inform them;
- Be open to revising a policy recommendation in light of new information;
- Avoid hyperbole;
- Clearly acknowledge when expressing a personal opinion or making policy recommendations on issues that lie beyond the scope of one’s technical expertise.
Our objectives are to:
Encourage, facilitate and promote research that increases our knowledge about foodborne illness and advances the development and implementation of science-based, public health solutions to food safety challenges;
Translate and communicate science and its implications for food safety to stakeholders;
Raise awareness about the scope and impact of foodborne illness;
Advocate for stronger food safety policies and practices aimed at preventing foodborne illness;
Build strategic partnerships to advance the goal of a safer food supply and a public that is better educated on food safety issues;
Promote integrated, systems-based approach to food safety and co-benefits to food security and nutrition.