The future of food security: everyone has a place at the table

The conference explores the future of food safety education and the next generation of food handlers

ARLINGTON, VA, USA, Oct. 6, 2022 / — The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) will host the Consumer Food Safety Education Conference (CFSEC), March 1-3, 2023, the only conference in United States dedicated to educating consumers about food safety. The conference brings together research experts, nutrition professionals and community health and food safety educators from across the country who teach people how to handle food safely at home.

This unique conference will be chaired by Howard Popoola, Vice President of Corporate Food Technology and Regulatory Compliance at Kroger, and Dr. Shauna Henley, Family and Consumer Science Educator at the University of Maryland Extension. and member of the PFSE Board of Directors.

CFSEC 2023 will equip health and food safety educators from all sectors to prepare for the future of food safety education and steer educators towards national goals such as Healthy People 2030.

These federal health and food safety experts will be featured at the upcoming conference:

• Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, US Food and Drug Administration
• Dr. Robert Valeure, Director of the Division of Food, Water and Environmental Diseases at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Sandra Eskin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service

Keynote speaker Dr. Garth Graham, Director and Global Head of Healthcare and Public Health Partnerships at YouTube and Google Health, will highlight the strategies YouTube and Google use to communicate on health issues .

Focused discussions on topics ranging from health equity to the effect of climate change on food security should be led by:

• Dr. Cynthia Baur, Endowed Chair and Director, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, University of Maryland
• Dr. Devlon Jackson, Assistant Research Professor, Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland
• Dr. Ellen Evans, Researcher at ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan University
• Dr. Ian Young, Associate Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Toronto Metropolitan University
• Erin the Food Science Babe, food scientist and social media influencer @foodsciencebabe

Health, nutrition and food safety educators must be prepared to reach all generations with effective food safety education to influence behavior change. This conference will help advance knowledge on today’s critical challenges in health and food safety.

Other features of CFSEC include:

• The opportunity to network and collaborate with health and food safety educators from government agencies, nonprofits, higher education, and the food industry
• Access to tools and resources that address the biggest food security challenges.
• Posters exploring the latest research and innovations.

Registration is now open with a preferential rate of $450 until January 2, 2023 – a savings of $50 off the standard rate!

For more information, visit or contact PFSE at [email protected]

The 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference is supported in part by Beef CheckOff, the International Food Protection Association (IAFP), McDonald’s Corporation and in-kind media partners, Food Safety Magazine Food Safety News.

Conference planning is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under financial assistance award R13FD007697 totaling $50,000 with 17% funded by FDA/HHS and $246,603 and 83% funded by non-governmental sources. The content is that of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views or endorsement of the FDA/HHS or the US Government.

About the Partnership for Food Security Education
The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) is a non-profit public health organization whose mission is to develop and promote effective education programs to reduce the risk of foodborne illness for consumers. This important work is accomplished through historically significant cross-sectoral collaboration with the federal government, the food industry, consumer groups and scientific associations. PFSE supports more than 13,000 health and food safety educators with free, science-based messages about safe food handling that reach 8.5 million U.S. homes each year. Food safety professionals, health educators and consumers can download food safety information for free from the Partnership’s website at

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