Food Safety Coalitions and Partnerships

Coalitions and partnerships are vital to our success.

By engaging others working toward a common goal, we’ve developed effective strategies to address the many facets of making food safer for everybody. Avoiding duplication of effort, creating more opportunity, diversifying and extending our reach, and enhancing resources and capacity are just a few of the ways we and our collaborators have been made stronger.

The Environmental Working Group‘s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers and communications and data experts work tirelessly to reform our nation’s broken chemical safety and agricultural laws. They educate consumers with actionable information and inspire demand for safer products.

When government and industry won’t stand up for our public health, EWG is there.

Consumer Reports works to create a fair and just marketplace for all. As a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit member organization, CR empowers and informs consumers, incentivizes corporations to act responsibly, and helps policymakers prioritize the rights and interests of consumers in order to shape a truly consumer-driven marketplace. 

Consumer Reports was founded in 1936 at a time when consumers had very few options to gauge the value, quality, or authenticity of goods and services. It was an era of unfettered advertising claims, rapid technological progress, and patchwork regulations—so CR was created to equip people with the credible, trustworthy information they needed to make informed choices

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is perhaps the oldest independent, science-based consumer advocacy organization with an impressive record of accomplishments and a clear and ambitious agenda for improving the food system to support healthy eating. It was founded in 1971.

The Safe Food Coalition (SFC) was formed in January 1987 in order to seek action on the 1985 National Academy of Sciences report “Meat and Poultry Inspection: The Scientific Basis of the Nation’s Program.” In the ensuing years, the coalition has worked to educate the public about the hazards of foodborne illness and sought Congressional and Administrative action to improve meat and poultry safety, as well as seafood, produce, and other foods regulated by both the USDA and the FDA.

The Safe Food Coalition is an informal group of consumer, public health, whistleblower, and labor organizations that holds regular meetings in Washington DC. Before the Safe Food Coalition takes a position on any issue or submits testimony, a statement is circulated to all associated groups. Representatives of the groups edit the paper and negotiate differences that may arise. When agreement is reached, the statement or testimony is re-circulated for sign-on by the groups and it is understood that the statement then represents the position of the groups that sign it.

For more information, contact SFC coordinator and Consumer Federation of America, Director of Food Policy, Thomas Gremillion.

Partnership for Food Safety Education

The Partnership for Food Safety Education delivers trusted, science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce risk of foodborne illness.

We work with an active network of 13,000 health and food safety educators – we call them BAC Fighters!- and support them by making their work more visible, collaborative, and effective.

These BAC Fighters are connecting each year with an estimated 8.5 million consumers –helping them to protect their health through safe food handling and hand hygiene.

Created in 1997, the Partnership helps millions of consumers keep top-of-mind the preventive practices that destroy or hinder the growth and spread of dangerous foodborne pathogens that can cause serious illness and even death.

 

Keep Antibiotics Working is a coalition of health, consumer, agricultural, environmental, humane, and other advocacy groups.

With more than eleven million members, we are dedicated to eliminating a major cause of antibiotic resistance — the inappropriate use of antibiotics in food animals.

Food Safety News is always searching for the voices that should be heard. Whether they be well-credentialed experts in certain segments of food safety or influential and knowledgeable essayists whose opinions are among the most respected in the industry, you’ll find them here.

Seeking the best in industry, government and academia and offering them space to express their ideas and opinions. Their editorial staff works daily to keep readers up to date on news, research and government activities.

Every morning FSN provides news and information that will give readers insights and ideas to help protect their businesses from foodborne illnesses, and make smart decisions about the products and services they need.

Food Safety Tech is an industry-specific eMagazine and Conference series serving the global food industry. Built on the platform of the next generation model for B2B publishing, Food Safety Tech delivers top quality content in a proactive manner through a weekly eNewsletter while maintaining a website, the eMagazine that stores the content providing easy accessibility. This hybrid model provides a two way street of digital communication to the global food industry.

Quality Assurance & Food Safety magazine focuses on insights and analysis of food safety, quality, and defense for the food and beverage processing industry. The features, columns and “best practices” profiles of leading companies in each bi-monthly issue and online news and media provide practical applications that can be used on the plant floor.

The Alliance for a Stronger FDA is committed to an ongoing, multi-year effort with two specific goals:

  1. To assure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    has sufficient resources to protect patients and consumers
  2. To maintain public confidence and trust in the FDA

The Alliance unites a broad and diverse spectrum of

  • Patient groups and consumer advocates
  • Biomedical research advocates and health professionals
  • Trade associations and individual regulated and unregulated companies

The credibility of the Alliance is based upon the breadth of its membership and the support of two former Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and six former FDA Commissioners, who act as honorary co-chairs.