Today is World Food Safety Day (WFSD)! A day dedicated to shining an even greater spotlight on the need for safer food practices and food safety education globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined WFSD 2022, as an annual celebration to “draw attention and mobilize action to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks and improve human health”.
Here at the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI), we undoubtedly agree. For this reason, CFI actively facilitates, encourages and conducts research that increases our knowledge about foodborne disease and/or leads to science-based solutions to current food safety challenges.
Through a variety of ongoing international and domestic research projects focused on shifting the food safety paradigm, CFI is committed in working towards translating science into practical, evidence-informed policies and practices that prevent foodborne disease and protect public health.
Our international research currently focuses on Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter in raw beef and dairy in Ethiopia, through the TARTARE project. The Chakula Salama project centers around Salmonella and Campylobacter in small-scale poultry production and risk ranking in Kenya. PESAR, our project in Guatemala, looks at estimating mycotoxin exposure from maize and increasing food security. And the FAIRE project focuses on the impact of certified food protection managers (CFPMs) on foodborne illness risk factors within the U.S.
Take today to look at ways in which you can stay informed, support food safety research, and inspire awareness!
World Health Organization. (2022, March 03). World Food Safety Day 2022. World Health Organization. Retrieved June 04, 2022, from https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-food-safety-day/2022