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    Food Safety Partnership Expands Board Members

    The addition of members from GMA and AFFI aims to help improve consumer education.

    The Partnership for Food Safety Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health through research-based, actionable consumer food safety education, has expanded its board of directors by adding members from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI).

    The new board members are Robert E. Brackett, PhD., GMA s.v.p. and chief science and regulatory affairs officer, and Leslie G. Sarasin, CAE, AFFI president and c.e.o.

    "The Partnership board will benefit tremendously from the engagement of these two food industry leaders and their associations," noted Partnership board chairman Bryan Silbermann, president of the Produce Marketing Association. "To have an impact on foodborne illness, we must engage all food and consumer product associations and their member companies in consumer education."

    "Our membership with the Partnership for Food Safety Education is consistent with GMA's leadership role in promoting industry solutions that help consumers achieve and maintain good health and wellness," said Brackett. "Communicating basic safe food handling and hygiene to consumers is an important extension of the food safety work of our member companies. Developing dialogue with consumers through participation in Partnership programming is an absolute priority of GMA."

    The Washington-based Partnership recently revealed that almost 40 retailers, representing about 6,000 supermarkets and an estimated 81 million consumers, have volunteered to convey the food-handling messages of its "Be Food Safe" initiative to customers via in-store and external communications programs.

    Consisting of industry associations, professional societies in food science, nutrition and health, consumer groups and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, the Partnership For Food Safety works to educate the public about safe food handling and preparation. Its campaigns include Be Food Safe, a joint program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Partnership, and Fight BAC!

    Contributing Partnership members include Consumer Federation of America, Food Marketing Institute, International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, NSF International, Produce Marketing Association, and United Fresh Produce Association.

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