Strengthening food safety for resilient communities

Foods can be nutritious and available, but if those foods are unsafe, there is no food security. Contaminated foods are estimated to sicken 600 million people a year, contributing to impaired growth and development in children, food insecurity, and barriers to entry into the global food trade. By investing in data-driven approaches to identify the key points for intervention, we support countries in transforming the handling and processing of foods at the household, farm, and market level.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (Food Safety Innovation Lab) is jointly managed by Purdue and Cornell Universities. We leverage extensive experience in international food safety research, education, and extension to develop and manage a portfolio of food safety and capacity development projects to meet the following objectives:

  • Increasing awareness of food safety
  • Enhancing capacity to conduct food safety research
  • Developing policies that enable conditions for food safety research, translation, and practice
  • Accelerating translational research technologies and practices for households, communities, and the food industry