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.”

For more information on the Food Marketing Institute Foundation, please call (202) 452-8444.