Did you miss our latest installment of the Virtual National Food Policy Conference Series? Check it out below!

A New Day at USDA for Food Safety?

Progress on reducing foodborne illness from pathogens like Salmonella and Campylobacter has been stalled for the last 20 years. Much of this illness is caused by contaminated meat and poultry. What is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for regulating meat and poultry safety, doing to reduce foodborne illness? Does USDA need a new statutory mandate, similar to the Food Safety Modernization Act, which gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandatory recall authority and other expanded powers a decade ago? What are the leading proposals for reform? In particular, does USDA need to rethink its approach to Salmonella and Campylobacter? A panel of experts will discuss the future of food safety regulations at USDA.

Margarita Raycheva, IHS Markit

Mike Robach, The Robach Group
Patricia Griffin, M.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Presenation
Sarah Sorcher, Center for Science in the Public Interest – PowerPoint

Check Out Our Past Virtual Food Policy Conference Series Events

Food System Reform in the Biden/Harris Era
January 26, 2021

Food policy advocates have a long list of reforms for the Biden-Harris administration and the 117th U.S. Congress, from recruiting farmers to mitigate climate change, to slowing down line speeds at meatpacking plants. What policies are most likely to change, and which ones will stir up the most controversy? How will Democrats’ control of the Senate affect the odds of reform? In this Virtual National Food Policy Conference series event, a panel of experts will discuss these and other questions, and offer their vision of a post-COVID-19 food system.

Laura Reiley, Washington Post

Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group
Sean McBride, DSM Communications
Beth Johnson, Food Directions LLC
Brian Ronholm, Consumer Reports

Keynote Address
U.S. Senator Bob Casey

Diet-Related Diseases and COVID-19
October 15, 2020

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected low-income consumers and communities of color. To what extent is the food system to blame? In this Virtual National Food Policy Conference series event, experts will discuss the overlap of populations most affected by diet-related disease and COVID-19, the impact of diet-related disease on COVID-19 patient outcomes, the food system’s role in making some populations more vulnerable to COVID-19, and what kinds of food system reforms are most needed to improve public health.

Sara Bleich, Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management PowerPoint
Tracy Fox, President of Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants
Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean and Jean Mayer Professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School – PowerPoint

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