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Food Safety Resources

Community Transformation Grants (CTGs): Promoting Proven Strategies to Fight Chronic Diseases
Community Transformation Grants, one major initiative funded under the Prevention and Public Health Fund, are targeted at addressing the leading causes of chronic diseases to improve the health of Americans and reduce health care costs over the long term. The investments being made are critical to make sure people can take personal responsibility for their health care, outside of the doctor’s office, and allow individual communities to address their greatest health needs. CTGs will benefit more than one in three Americans, approximately 145 million people.
Half of Americans Could Be Obese By 2030… Or We Could Invest In The Prevention Fund
Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.
NACCHO National Profile of Local Health Departments
On January 21, 2014, NACCHO released the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments report on its new Profile website, The report demonstrates continued funding cuts across several programmatic areas at local health departments (LHDs), including emergency preparedness. Funding for emergency preparedness, particularly per capita funding, saw a significant drop in 2013, with LHDs reporting median per capita funding of $1.15 in 2013 compared to $2.07 per capita in 2010.
The Prevention and Public Health Fund: For A Healthier America
Prevention saves lives, reduces health care costs, and makes the country a healthier, more productive place. More than half of Americans live with at least one serious preventable health condition, like diabetes or heart disease, which forces taxpayers to spend billions of dollars a year on health care. And, today’s children are in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. The Prevention and Public Health Fund enables communities around the country to invest in proven strategies to improve health. That’s why the Fund has the support of more than 760 national, state and local organizations.
The Prevention Fund: A Matter of Life and Death ad version 1
Shouldn’t America try to prevent diseases, instead of just treating people after they’re already sick, and it’s often too late? Just three of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.
The Prevention Fund: A Matter of Life and Death ad version 2
Just 10 of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.

Coordinating and Integrating Community Prevention, Public Health, and Primary Care: Building an Inventory of Evidence and Developing the Business Case
Over the last several years, a growing consensus has emerged that our health system, to succeed, must commit to an approach that incorporates what has become known as the triple aim: improving the individual experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita costs of care for populations. Through implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and through experiments generated in communities across the nation, policy makers, health systems, and public health officials are all struggling with how to define each element of the triple aim, including what it means to – and how we should go about – improving the health of populations. To that end, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment and the Kresge Foundation, held a convening with key stakeholders designed to move from anecdote to evidence in order to build the business case for integrating and coordinating primary care, public health and community prevention – with the goal of improving population health and reducing health care costs.

Environmental Protection Agency--Pesticides and Food
The information in this area provides an overview of EPA's pesticide human health risk assessment processes, and information to educate consumers about food and pesticides.

EPA--Fish Advisories
Includes information on the risks of eating contaminated fish. While most of the nation's waters contain fish that are safe to eat, the EPA monitors our waters and issues fish advisories when contaminant levels are unsafe. A consumption advisory may recommend that people limit or avoid eating certain species of fish caught in certain lakes, rivers or coastal waters.

FDA's Food Policy Website

FDA--Food Safety Advisory on Mercury
A consumer advisory about the risks of mercury in fish, specifically pregnant women.

FDA--Mad Cow Disease
Webstite includes general information about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, also known as Mad Cow Disease.

Make Our Food Safe Coalition Website
The Make Our Food Safe coalition includes public health and consumer advocacy organizations, as well as groups representing the families of victims of foodborne illness. The coalition pressed for enactment of historic food safety legislation that provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with improved authorities to oversee the safety of the nation’s food supply, and will advocate for full implementation and funding of the law.

National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.

President's Food Safety Working Group
n his weekly address on March 14, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the creation of a new Food Safety Working Group to advise him on how to upgrade the U.S. food safety system. The Working Group, chaired by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Agriculture, is recommending a new, public health-focused approach to food safety.

Safe Tables Our Priority--Fighting Food Borne Illness
S.T.O.P.'s mission is to prevent uneccessary illness and loss of life from preventable contamination of bacteria or viruses in our food supply.

TFAH Food Safety initiative page
Approximately 76 million Americans – one in four – are sickened by foodborne diseases each year. Of these, an estimated 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die. Medical costs and lost productivity due to foodborne illness in the U.S. are estimated to cost $44 billion annually. Experts estimate that most foodborne illnesses could be prevented if the right measures were taken to improve the U.S. food safety system.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
The USDA has responsibility for food safety, nutrition, and rural development, including the development of safe drinking water systems.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA regulates food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biological products.

USDA Food Inspection Service--Regulatory Enforcement
The Regulatory Enforcement website contains information on food safety inspection regulations in domestic meat, poultry, and egg product processing establishments. It includes a monthly list of individuals or firms responsible for repeat drug, pesticide, or chemical residue violations, as well as a list of Foreign Export Establishments that have been decertified during the year.

USDA Food Inspection Service--State Inspection Programs
At a minimum, states must enforce food inspection requirements at the level stated by the Federal Meat and Poultry Products Inspection Acts. FSIS provides up to 50% of the state's operating funds, as well as training and other assistance.

USDA--Agricultural Research Service
The Agricultural Research Service conducts research on antibiotics in animal feed.

USDA--Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
APHIS ensures the health and care of animals and plants. The agency improves agricultural productivity and competitiveness and contributes to public health.

USDA--Food and Nutrition Service
The Food and Nutrition Service provides children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.

USDA--Food Recalls
Website includes information about recalls and public health alerts that involve meat, poultry, or processed egg products.

USDA--Food Safety Education
The website aims to educate consumers about the importance of handling food safely and how to reduce the risks associated with foodborne illnesses.