Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food

Debate is underway in Washington on how best to strengthen the nation’s food safety system to make it more effective in preventing food-borne illness. While much of the spotlight is on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal food safety agencies, their success depends to a large extent on effective coordination and collaboration with food safety regulators and health officials at the state and local levels.

Thus, as the food safety debate goes forward, it is critical to advance policies and other proposals for strengthening the roles of state and local agencies in both their community-based food safety efforts and as integral parts of the nation’s food safety system.

By bringing together state and local officials, their federal counterparts and diverse stakeholders of the food safety system, including the food industry and consumer groups, this project developed an agenda for strengthening state and local roles in the nation’s food safety system.