Newsbite: International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication Offers Educational Insight and Communications Resources: Extends its Focus to China

Founded in April 2011, the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication (ICEFRC) provides resources to help government officials, health professionals, academicians, food producers, journalists, the public, and other stakeholders communicate and understand concepts, practices, research, and data about food safety, nutrition, and health.

The IFIC Foundation helps to facilitate the Center and its website http://foodriskcommunications.org for a network of leading US and international food safety and health agencies and risk communication organizations. 

The IFIC Foundation now welcomes the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) http://www.cfsa.net.cn as the latest international authority to join the Center. 

As China’s first national professional and technical food safety risk assessment institution, CFSA is expected to play a major role in building the country’s food safety research and scientific regulatory capacity, enhancing food safety and quality, protecting public health and strengthening international cooperation and communication in this field. 

Other partners in the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication include USDA, US FDA, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Health Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Food Communications Compass Japan, IFIC Foundation, Inter American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense. 

More than 5,000 health officials and health professionals from over 100 countries have accessed resources posted to the Center’s website, which provides specific information About Risk Communication, regarding website Partners,  regarding Food and Health Professional Resources and regarding Consumer Resources.

We encourage you to access the website http://www.foodriskcommunications.org and check out a host of communication resources that provide insight and guidance for those who seek to increase the reach of science-based messages to positively impact food safety, nutrition and public health.