The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) have formalized an agreement to address the increasing risks associated with foodborne illness. The agreement focuses on impacting public health, food, nutrition, and consumer protection through collaborations in research, training, and education.

The agreement will increase cooperation on conferences, seminars, training workshops, webinars, and technical meetings on matters related to food safety and emerging technologies. The organizations also seek to address food science at global, regional and country levels.

The agreement includes the organizations mutually sharing fellowship and proposal announcements on their websites. IAFNS will also organize and deliver three food microbial symposia and one chemical food safety symposium for presentation at IAFP's Annual Meeting. Additionally, IAFNS will submit workshop summaries, research articles, and other materials to IAFP for inclusion in the organization's publication, Food Protection Trends. Both organizations will host the executive director of the other at their annual meetings.

IAFNS believes that leveraging the organization’s food safety research and programming through its agreement with IAFP will reduce health risks and promote educational goals for both parties. IAFP expresses its excitement to extend and formalize its working relationship with IAFNS, which has provided symposia to IAFP's Annual Meetings for 30 years.