Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food Project
Stronger State and Local Food Safety Roles
Local health departments across the country are on the front lines of food safety, with key roles in both prevention and response. The report, Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food: An Agenda for Strengthening State and Local Roles in the Nation''s Food Safety System highlights how local health departments protect people every day by helping to keep their food supply safe and reinforces the need for an effective partnership among, and greater allocation of resources to, federal, state, and local government agencies.
Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food
There are more than 3,000 local agencies involved in food safety and have long been on the frontline conducting foodborne illness surveillance; investigating and containing illness outbreaks; inspecting restaurants, grocery stores, and food processing plants; and taking regulatory actions to remove unsafe or unsanitary products from the market. This project, Enhancing the Roles of State and Local Government in an Integrated, Prevention-Oriented Food Safety System, will develop an agenda for strengthening state and local roles by bringing together state and local officials, their federal counterparts, and diverse stakeholders of the food safety system.
1. Formulate and express modern vision of the role of state and local government in an integrated, prevention-oriented food safety system;
2. Identify gaps or constraints in current law, policy, and practice at the federal, state, and local levels that inhibit the fulfillment of that vision;
3. Recommend changes in law, policy, and practice that are needed to enhance the effectiveness of state and local agencies in addressing food safety problems at the local, state, and national level;
4. Identify specific opportunities to improve collaboration among state, local, and federal agencies; and
5. Describe current funding patterns and resource needs at the state and local level.