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Issue Number: Council II 034


Support & Funding for Consumer Participation at the CFP

Issue you would like the Conference to consider

The Conference for Food Protection plays an integral role in the development of the Model Food Code. The cooperation and input of various stakeholders-including consumer, industry, and regulatory representatives-is crucial to the development of this important public health guidance document. Currently, consumer participation in the Conference is anemic, in part because of the financial cost of attending the Conference. Without adequate consumer participation, both the credibility and the substance of the Model Food Code suffer.

Public Health Significance

Consumer organizations can provide critical insight into consumer attitudes, beliefs, and interests, and are active participants in public policy and regulatory matters before federal, state, and local governments, and have made a significant impact in improving food safety.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

That the Executive Board of the Conference for Food Protection, consider, approve, and manage a program to provide double-blind participant scholarships (created from industry and regulatory sources) to provide funding for consumer participants at CFP. A subcommittee of the Executive Board should be created to administer scholarships, with an organizing document that places paramount importance on increasing consumer representation to CFP. A minimum number of scholarships should be created for the next CFP, with a goal toward increasing consumer participation each cycle. Scholarships should be adequate to cover the cost of transportation to and from the conference, conference fees, lodging, and meals. Consumer representatives should be required to submit relevant 501-C3 status documentation, a statement of the primary sources of organizational funding, and a mission statement to be eligible for a scholarship.

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