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Safety in the Food System and the Role of Local Health Departments Policy Statement


The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supports the development of a science-based and fully funded food safety system. It should ensure local health department participation in all areas of food safety as a means to reduce foodborne illness with particular attention to challenges such as new and re-emerging foodborne pathogens, food safety and security issues associated with climate change retail food safety, cottage food industry, and changing demographics. 

Primary Toolkit:

Food Safety Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Environmental Health, Food Safety


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