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    One Health in action: Effective collaboration between human and animal health sectors to eliminate Neglected Zoonotic diseases

    Many zoonoses are classified as neglected zoonotic diseases (NZDs) due to the low priority given to them by governments, the international public health community and aid groups. 

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Illuminating the science behind food issues

Few of us would question the importance of food. Yet fully grasping the issues surrounding food is often challenging, complicated by political, technical, environmental, economic, and cultural forces that have an impact on what we eat. The Food Policy Research Center (FPRC) examines those intertwined and often competing influences, illuminating the science behind food issues and policies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Our goal is to arm lawmakers, consumers and industry representatives with scientifically sound information about how we grow, process, package, distribute, and prepare what we eat. Such information will expand their understanding of the impacts and trade-offs associated with national policy and regulations regarding complex food issues.

In the coming two years, FPRC researchers will initiate several food policy analyses, providing issue briefings, white papers, and opportunities to hear directly from the experts. Our commitment to communicating the results broadly will help decision makers, whether at the Capitol or in the kitchen, make more informed choices.

Featured Briefs

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Do Alternative Livestock Production Systems Yield Safer Food?

Summary of findings
  • Food products from alternative livestock production systems are increasing in popularity among consumers.
  • Limited research exists examining differences in food safety between conventional and alternative animal production systems.
  • There appears to be no difference in rates of Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. coli in animals raised in conventional or...
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General Overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Summary of findings
  • Despite the US having one of the safest food supplies in the world, foodborne illness continues to sicken nearly 48 million people per year and accounts for over 3000 deaths in the US.
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed by congress in 2011, represents the first major reform to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety authority in over 70 years.
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Milk in bottles

Raw Milk and Implications for Public Health

Summary of findings
  • Consumer demand exists for the sale of unpasteurized (i.e., raw) milk, driven by a number of consumer interests including: taste preference, belief about health benefits, desire to consume local food, concern that pasteurization masks ‘dirty’ milk, interest in ‘right to choose’, and arguments that producers can encourage beneficial microbes and thereby control the presence of harmful...