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Pace Escalates as Launch of Accreditation Program for Certifiers of Food Protection Managers Nears


Washington, DC, Dec 09, 2002

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA/CFSAN), fifty cents of every food dollar spent today is on food prepared outside the home, including ready-to-eat foods from restaurants and supermarkets. Representatives of the private and public sectors came together recently in Washington, DC for a strategic planning session to share insights and perspectives on the promotion of a new partnership project between the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Scheduled for launch in early 2003, the program will offer third-party accreditation for bodies that certify personnel involved in the food protection industry.

A Certified Food Protection Manager plays a critical role in the development, implementation and enforcement of specific policies, procedures, or standards aimed at preventing food borne illness at restaurants and stores, institutions (e.g., hospitals, schools, prisons, etc.) and more. Specifically, they are responsible for the identification of hazards, supervising or directing food preparation activities, coordinating training and taking corrective action as needed to protect the health of the consumer.

The ANSI-CFP Accreditation program is designed to implement the CFP Standard for food protection managers. CFP is a non-profit organization created in 1971 to provide a representative and equitable partnership among regulators, industry, academia, professional organizations and consumers to identify problems, formulate recommendations, and develop and implement practices that ensure food safety. Involvement with CFP in this accreditation program further promotes ANSI's own mission of helping to enhance the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity explained Dr. Roy Swift, ANSI director for personnel certification accreditation programs.

"This project will help to facilitate the portability of certification programs and will equip the government with sound technical solutions to safety and health problems without creating additional cost and operations burdens," said Dr. Swift. "An Accreditation Committee has been meeting for several months to prepare the program for launch." Marketing and promotion efforts to support the ANSI-CFP Accreditation program will put compelling statements of value in front of corporate decisions makers, industry professionals and consumers.

"Today's session will help us to explore, and possibly validate, several initial concepts developed by the ANSI-CFP Accreditation Committee (ACAC)," explained Dr. Sharon Goldsmith, chair of ACAC, as she welcomed participants to the focus group. "Our vision is to learn more from those directly involved in the industry. Your input will be of great assistance in identifying the key elements necessary to develop a strategic and integrated marketing and public relations initiative."

Staff from ANSI's marketing and communications team, as well as from the Institute's public relations counsel, facilitated the meeting. Results of the discussions will be compiled and used to generate a draft marketing and communications plan for review by ANSI and the CFP. The Program itself is scheduled for launch in January 2003.

For more information, please contact Dr. Swift directly at +1.202.331.3617 or via e-mail.

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