What does Ohio State mean to food safety?
Global food safety is among the U.S. Department of State's top policy issues. The College of Public Health’s Farm to Table Study Program addresses this issue head on.
Begun in 2009 as a partnership between Armando Hoet, director of Ohio State’s Veterinary Public Health program, and Scott Wells at the University of Minnesota, the program sends a combination of students and public health professionals to host countries to learn from animal food producers who are widely respected and emulated internationally for their attention to food safety, security, animal health and welfare, and regulation and surveillance programs.
Says Hoet, “This program allows us to show the participants all that’s involved for us to produce food somewhere else, bring it back to the U.S., and guarantee the food is wholesome, nutritious, and safe to consume.” Farm to Table has already forged international relationships and led to important changes. An American participant from the Department of Homeland Security, for one, has begun working with Uruguayan food processing plants to implement tighter security measures to protect against bioterrorism.
In 2012, participants visited Costa Rica, home to the largest dairy milk plant in Central America. Hoet means it literally and metaphorically when he says, “We want our alumni to go far. We can do that by giving them life experiences that will help them succeed and do great things in the world.”