Pew worked with Georgetown University on the Produce Safety Project from 2008 to 2010. The Produce Safety Project addressed a variety of threats to the nation’s food supply. These included preventing contamination of domestically produced fruits and vegetables, ensuring the safety of imported foods and improving the surveillance systems that alert consumers to food-borne illness outbreaks.
The Produce Safety Project at Georgetown University sought the establishment by the Food and Drug Administration of mandatory and enforceable safety standards for domestic and imported fresh produce, from farm to fork. Our families need to have confidence that federal food-safety regulation is based on prevention, scientifically sound risk assessment and management, and coordinated, integrated data collection.