Partnership for Food Safety Education Seeks Abstracts for 2014 National Food Safety Education Conference

CFSAN Constituent Update

Please note the following correction:
The conference will be held December 4 - 5, 2014 (not on December 5 - 6 as originally posted).

May 5, 2014

The Partnership for Food Safety Education is calling for abstracts for presentations at its next national consumer food-safety education conference scheduled for December 4 and 5, 2014, in Arlington, Va.

The Partnership’s mission is to educate the public about preventing foodborne illness. It includes representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the food industry, professional societies in food science, and nutrition and health consumer groups.  

The December conference, supported by FDA, CDC and USDA, will be the fifth in a series of such conferences sponsored by the Partnership. The conferences bring together stakeholders from government, industry and consumer groups with food-safety educators to identify the best ways to educate consumers about steps they can take to avoid foodborne illnesses. 

The December conference will focus on four major themes:

  • Motivating Behavior Change: Exploring ways to create messages that are effective in changing consumer behaviours that will reduce their risk of contracting foodborne illnesses. Conference sessions under this theme will include communication theory, psychological theory and risk analysis
  • Assessing Food Safety Education Programs: Examining how educators can assess and document the effectiveness of food-safety education in changing consumer food-handling behavior.  Sessions will include cost-effective assessment methodologies and how to use assessment results to develop more effective education campaigns.
  • Use of Social Media:  Considering the tools and technologies food-safety educators can use to deliver their messages successfully to target audiences in an increasingly crowded information marketplace. Sessions will focus on ways to help consumers evaluate the validity of food-safety education messages delivered through multiple media channels.
  • Real World − Real Change: Reaching Target Audiences: Reviewing case studies of education programs that have been successful in changing food-handling behavior in a defined target audience. Sessions will focus on programs that work with specific populations and communities of consumers. 

Abstracts for oral or poster presentations at the conference must be submitted by June 10, 2014. Abstracts can be submitted at this link to the Partnership’s website: SUBMIT. Presenters will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted by June 30, 2014.  

More information about the conference is available at this link: Together: A Food Safe America.

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