ECOP-ESCOP Food Safety Task Force Recommendations:
Priority on Importance and Impact
and Subsequent Action Steps
Presented to ESCOP
August 9, 2000
by Daryl Lund, Chair, Food Safety Task Force
- Priority on Importance and Impact for:
- With USDA, FDA and stakeholders, address knowledge gaps on food-borne hazards, source of hazards, detection and control measures, and continue HACCP development; and
- Emerging agents of food-borne illness: pathogen identification, etiology of the pathogen
- Risk Analysis and Management
- Partner with federal agencies to understand biological, behavioral, and economic assessments of food safety risks;
- Seek more funding for risk analysis and management;
- Utilize behavioral scientists to further understand barriers to safe food handling by consumers; and
- Support establishment of national scientific food safety databases.
- Education and Communication
- With FDA, expand connectivity and access to food safety information from all sources; and
- Maintain and support the "train-the-trainer" approach through CES.
- Action Steps
- Make permanent a Food Safety Task Force (FSTF)
- ESCOP leadership (with selected members of FSTF) and industry representatives review Section 401 and 406 descriptions with USDA/CSREES and FDA.
- Develop a white paper (scientific road map) for emerging food-borne illness agents.
- ESCOP/ECOP leaders partner with USDA Office of Risk Management.
- ESCOP/ECOP/CSREES leaders explore partnering with JIFSAN and National Food Safety Alliance for leadership in food safety.
- ECOP engage in discussions with FDA on education and communication.