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Outreach and Public Service

Outreach and public service have been the core of CFI’s activities since its founding in 2006. We advocate on behalf of consumers for a stronger, science-based food safety system that improves public health through the prevention of foodborne illness.

Allison Howell

Our outreach and public service activities (past and present) include:

  • Encouraging the development and implementation of stronger food protections by:
    • Educating decision-makers in the public and private sectors on important food safety issues;
    • Facilitating engagement of Ohio State faculty, staff, and students with decision makers to more broadly disseminate the research being conducted at Ohio State;
    • Conducting briefings and meetings with Congressional, USDA, FDA, and CDC staff;
    • Coordinating the development and submission of comments in response to Federal Register Notices related to important food safety issues.
  • Serving on a number of national advisory committees, including:
    • USDA National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF);
    • USDA National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI);
    • CDC Board of Scientific Counselors;
    • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Surveillance Working Group;
    • FDA Science Board.
  • Participating in coalitions aimed at improving public health and food safety, including:
    • Make Our Food Safe Coalition;
    • Safe Food Coalition;
    • Alliance for a Stronger FDA;
    • Supporters of Agricultural Research;
    • Stakeholders Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance.