The Issue: When a food advisory, food recall, or other incident develops a level of concern for a food product or food category, it is important that consumers receive clear, accurate, reliable, and science-based information and education.
Overview: This conference will explain and explore the educational needs of consumers and industry before, during and after a food protection event. It will also strengthen current interagency coordination and communication efforts.
The Conference: Three regional conferences will be offered in 2009, with the following universities as hosts:
These are being offered with support from Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), with support from the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).
Participants: Extension professionals, food processors, and individuals from state and federal agencies and organizations with a vested interest in food protection should plan to attend.
The goals: By the end of this conference, attendees will be better prepared to understand and participate in food protection education and communication to improve consumer safety while reducing negative industry impact. Participants will have a working knowledge of and be able to identify:
The roles of federal, state and local agencies and organizations
Appropriate consumer actions
Food protection communication issues
The roles for Cooperative Extension and other university experts
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is made possible by USDA NIFA and our participating USDA Cooperative Extension and NOAA Sea Grant Extension programs. Over 300 delegates representing over 75 disciplines at 77 state Extension programs in 50 states and 3 US territories.