Safe Food International (SFI) takes on food safety on a global scale. Whether food is mostly locally grown or comes from all parts of the world, food safety has become a matter of concern to all people, in all countries and regions.
SFI aims to unify and focus the efforts of consumer organizations worldwide that are working to ensure a safer food supply. Advocates in both wealthy and poor nations provide an important oversight role to assure that their national food safety programs address common food safety problems, approve foods before they are consumed or exported to other countries, and deter the use of food as a target of intentional contamination.
In June 2005, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) collaborated together to organize the first Safe Food International meeting among consumers organizations from around the world.The SFI meeting June 8-10 in Geneva, Switzerland at the WHO headquarters initiated an important dialogue between consumer organizations and international institutions, such as the WHO and FAO. Consumer organizations shared their food safety expertise and developed a common vision of how to strengthen national food safety systems.
At the meeting, advocates agreed to partner with WHO and FAO to publish a set of Guidelines for Consumer Organizations to Promote National Food Safety Systems. Consumer groups from every region of the world participated at the meeting, including 22 participants from developing countries. The Guidelines for Consumer Organizations to Promote National Food Safety Systems, and other reports can be found on this website in English, Spanish, and French.
Support for Safe Food International was provided by the NTI Foundation; the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety; the Philancon Fund; and the Center for Communications, Health, and the Environment. The Canadian International Development Agency and the FAO provided travel funding to conference delegates from developing countries. The Guidelines can be translated, quoted, and otherwise freely used by bona fide consumer organizations to promote the development of sound national food safety programs.
What is next?
CSPI is considering the next phase for SFI. Plans may include promoting the Guidelines at a regional level, with the partnership of WHO, FAO, and their regional offices and in cooperation with regional and national consumer organizations. To promote the Guidelines effectively, SFI would work with consumer organizations to develop regional strategies for urging national governments to improve food systems. SFI and its partners would share the Guidelines broadly and create a network of consumer organizations and other stakeholders supporting the Guidelines. Regional training sessions would involve not only local NGOs, but regional WHO and FAO representatives, and government food-safety officers. The training sessions would review the Guidelines, develop region-specific tools to evaluate the government programs, and formulate concrete action plans for each region.
CSPI is a non-profit consumer advocacy group in Washington, D.C. with nearly 900,000 members in both the United States and Canada.If you are interested in learning about Safe Food International, supporting the project, or becoming a partner, please send questions and contact information to:
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