Retailers and Suppliers Unite to Form Industry Advisory Council on Food Safety Education

September 30, 1999
   WASHINGTON, DC — September 30, 1999 — Food Marketing Institute Foundation (FMIF) announced today the creation of an FMIF Industry Advisory Council to provide counsel on the administration of grants from the organization’s Safeguarding Our Last Link fundraising campaign. Proceeds from the campaign will be used to promote food safety education programs nationwide.

Comprised of food retailing and manufacturing executives, the Council will meet periodically to review research and educational grant applications. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees will retain all decision-making powers regarding grant distribution.

“By creating the Industry Advisory Council, FMIF is ensuring that all grants will be administered with the full support of its retailer and supplier contributors,” said Tim Hammonds, FMIF President. “The Council will also provide expert direction on defining the types of food safety education programs that qualify for funding.”

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Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit