The FMI Foundation has enabled the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) to develop the only public-private collaborative to focus exclusively on the prevention of foodborne illness in the home. The Partnership created the consumer food safety education campaign, Fight BAC!®. With continuing support from the Foundation, the Partnership will ensure that educators work together to improve food safety education.
Recent research, funded in part by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, concludes that children benefit both physically and emotionally from family meals. Through the “Let’s Put Our Plates Together” initiative, the Foundation inspires food retailers to become community promoters of family meals. Recipes, shopping lists and tips to encourage family meals are provided by Common Threads, Inc. The FMI Foundation is a supporter of the CASA at Columbia University www.casacolumbia.org and Common Threads, Inc. www.commonthreads.org
Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL), with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Through educational programs and outreach, the FUTP 60 program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and to participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
The FMI Foundation is helping to create a Healthy Living Play within the program’s online “Playbook” that encourages students and adult program leaders to reach out to supermarket health and wellness professionals. www.fueluptoplay60.com
Food buyers and sellers increasingly rely on accredited third-party certification to ensure that the products they sell are safe. In North America, there is a shortage of well-trained auditors. The FMI Foundation will help fill that gap by offering scholarships, providing funding to university food science programs and administering a college internship program through the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of the Food Marketing Institute. www.sqfi.com
The Foundation recently approved additional support for its partnership with the American Meat Institute Foundation and the USDA, to identify factors that increase risk for Listeria in retail food establishments and to determine effective prevention strategies.
The FMI Foundation also supports the Food Safety Research Projects Fund which in turn supports food safety research projects funded by the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) at the University of California, Davis.