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Improving Food Safety Through a One Health Approach

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Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-25933-0ISBN-10: 0-309-25933-9


Most food-borne illnesses are preventable. The interconnectedness of individual, regional, and global public health; the health of the planetary environment(s); and billions of food animals and wildlife would suggest the need for a new paradigm—one that shifts away from a reactive to a more anticipatory, proactive approach to food safety. Such a prime example might be captured in a “One Health” approach to food safety—which has been defined as “the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines—working locally, nationally, and globally—to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment” (AVMA, 2008). Were such an approach to be implemented for food safety, it may hold the promise of harnessing and integrating the expertise and resources from across the spectrum of multiple health domains including the human and veterinary medical, and plant pathology, communities with those of the wildlife and aquatic health and ecology communities.


Rapporteurs: Eileen R. Choffnes, David A. Relman, LeighAnne Olsen, Rebekah Hutton, Alison Mack

Financial support for this project was provided by the American Society for Microbiology; Burroughs Wellcome Fund; GlaxoSmithKline; Infectious Diseases Society of America; Merck Company Foundation; sanofi pasteur; U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Army: Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System, and the Medical Research and Materiel Command; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fogarty International Center, Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Suggested citation:

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2012. Improving food safety through a One Health approach. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

The views presented in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Copyright © 2012, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK100665PMID: 23230579DOI: 10.17226/13423


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