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ADA releases position paper on food and water safety
Date:7/31/2009

CHICAGO The American Dietetic Association has released an updated position paper on food and water safety that reviews the current situation in this country, identifies new tools that can help decrease illness and encourages continued research, education and technological advances to keep the food and water supply safe.

ADA's position paper, published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, represents the Association's official stance on food and water safety:

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that the public has the right to a safe food and water supply. The Association supports collaboration among food and nutrition professionals, academics, representatives of the agriculture and food industries and appropriate government agencies to ensure the safety of the food and water supply by providing education to the public and industry, promoting technological innovation and applications and supporting further research.

ADA's position paper was written by registered dietitians Julie A. Albrecht, professor of nutrition and health sciences at the University of Nebraska; and Debe Nagy-Nero, director of quality assurance, nutrition and safety at The Holland Inc., Vancouver, Wash. The paper reviews numerous aspects of food and water safety including:

  • The current situation in the United States
  • An updated section on government programs initiated under the Food Safety Initiative with a report of their progress to date
  • Background information on continued problems of food safety in the U.S. food supply
  • Resources for food and nutrition experts to address the problems
  • The role of food and nutrition professionals such as registered dietitians in food and water safety, including examples of how they can positively affect the safety of the supply.

ADA's position paper cites studies that find the United States has one of the safest food supp
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Contact: Jennifer Starkey
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312-899-4802
American Dietetic Association
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