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Information Sharing Meets Food Safety

Information Sharing Meets Food Safety

Information Sharing Meets Food Safety

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) 2016 Food Safety Summit Integration Forum in Chicago is coming up in about a month and a half from now. In it, one particularly important topic to be covered will be that of the sharing of information between companies and state governments regarding food safety. In the interest of preventing as many food borne illness outbreaks as possible, progressive steps to improve the ways in which these entities interact with one another could prove to have a positive impact on food safety practices in general. You can learn everything there is to know about the latest food safety best practices with a Florida Food Manager Certification.

This will be only the second consecutive year in which the forum will be held with the Food Safety Summit. The forum will be in the Donald Stephens Convention Center, which will be the only location in which it’s held. It will go from 8 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon on May 10th. Anyone is welcome and there will also be discounts for the summit and its accommodations all the way up until mid April.

It was chosen as a means of reaching consumers and academics alike, according to AFDO executive director Joseph Corby. The thinking is that cooperation between entities almost always proves beneficial to the masses. As the population grows larger and food becomes more scarce with each day, healthy communication and cooperation in food safety management will continue to grow increasingly more significant in our everyday lives.

What this will entail is the signing of agreements between state governments and the FDA stating that they will inform each other of any information regarding a potential or already formulated outbreak and will collaborate as best they can to get it under control as quickly as possible. In theory, there would be little reason for this not to be put into action. However, there is potential for conflict as it could force officials, farmers, restaurant owners, and others into a position of releasing private information about recipes, ingredients, logistical practices, etc.

For example, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been resistant in the past as a means of protecting businesses. For this reason, moves will be made in the coming months to convince governments to sign confidentiality agreements stating that they will not release valuable business secrets in the event that an outbreak does occur.

Other points that they hope to discuss include how much the FDA will invest into a national food safety system integration program, the construction of a nationally recognized training system, nationally recognized inspection strategies, the global integration of food safety practices, and a better understanding of how this will look once implemented.

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