Food Safety and Security
Access to safe, healthy food is integral to good health. The United States has one of the safest and most abundant food systems in the world, yet millions of Americans still suffer from foodborne illness or lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. State and local government, as well as communities can leverage law and policy to ensure food safety and security for families and individuals.
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The FTC Could Help Curb the Youth Obesity Epidemic by Cracking Down on the Deceptive Advertising of Unhealthy Foods During Children’s Programming Hours
Equitable Rebuilding from COVID-19: Strengthening Protections for Families
Incentivizing Fresh Food Retail in Food Deserts: Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania and Maryland
The Biden Administration’s Response to the Food Insecurity Crisis
COVID-19: Innovations in Nutrition Programs to Address Food Insecurity
Effects of Denial of SNAP Benefits on Persons with Felony Drug Convictions
Key Federal Programs to Address Student Food Insecurity When School is out of Session
Federal Emergency Food Security Measures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Making Sure Kids are Healthy Enough to Learn: Innovations in Education Law and Policy
Organic Food Labeling
Plant-Based Beverages Labeled as Milk and the FDA’s Standard of Identity Regulations
Key Public Health Initiatives: A Year in Review
The Federal Food and Drug Administration and the Future of Food Safety
As Children Transition to In-Person Learning, USDA Announces Important Measures to Ensure Food Security and Safety of Students
Ruling Preserves Critical Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
A Closer Look at Food Safety and Security
Each year, approximately 48 million Americans get sick, more than 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die as a result of food-borne illness. Meanwhile, 41.2 million Americans struggle to secure enough food to feed themselves and their families.
Food safety encompasses issues ranging from federal standards for produce safety and local restaurant inspections, to food labeling and the sale of raw milk. The Network can help state and local public health agencies understand the range of model regulations that have been adopted nationwide to regulate food preparation and distribution. States may benefit from sharing information about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of certain model provisions and may work together to recommend changes to the model provisions.
Food insecurity — the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food — has a significant impact on health outcomes. Limited access to adequate food leads to diminished physical and mental health and is linked to certain chronic conditions.
Federal programs like SNAP and WIC can help families and children, but they have limitations and novel policy approaches are needed to address this national health problem.
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