On Second Anniversary, International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication Expands Global Reach, Welcomes China's Participation

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Contact:  Matt Raymond, media@foodriskcommunications.org
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Note: The International Food Information Council is proud to support the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication as a founding member.

(Washington, D.C.) – The International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication (ICEFRC) is marking its second anniversary by noting its increasing global reach and celebrating China’s participation in the partnership.

ICEFRC is a collaborative global initiative to promote effective risk communication and informed decision-making about food from farm to fork. Since 2011, it has substantially increased its membership and, through its website, www.foodriskcommunications.org, provided timely resources, insights and expertise to over 6,500 international health professionals, stakeholders and consumers from more than 90 countries on six continents.

The founding partners of ICEFRC are Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), Health Canada, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Joining them over ICEFRC’s first two years were the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food Communication Compass Japan, and the newest partner, the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA).

“There is a need for strengthening international cooperation and communication in this field,” said CFSA’s chief adviser, Junshi Chen. “CFSA and the other International Center member organizations are committed to building and maintaining trust and encouraging informed decisions by stakeholders and consumers, using the very best approaches to food risk communication, working with print and electronic media and more broadly engaging in social media.”

Recent issues ICEFRC has addressed, and about which it has made communication resources available on its website, include control of Listeria monocyctogenes, a new Canadian food safety law, the safety of bisphenol A, European assessments of biotechnology maize NK603 (corn), FDA testing for inorganic arsenic in rice, and the European horse meat scandal.

Other partners are also applauding the role ICEFRC plays for food risk communicators worldwide and looking to the future.

“The sharing of resources, information and research about risk communication contributes to the professional development of risk communicators. Ultimately, the broader community is the winner, as it continues to be provided with improved education and information about food-related risks,” said Lorraine Belanger, communication and stakeholder engagement manager for FSANZ.

“As the International Center enters its third year, we look forward to expanding our collective international resources to enable informed decision-making to promote global health,” said Kimberly Reed, executive director, IFIC Foundation, and an ICEFRC Advisory Council member.

About the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication: The mission of the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication is to provide 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.