Weathering Food Safety: Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Our Food

NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Webinar
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 19:30

Join Us Monday, December 5 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project is pleased to welcome Dr. Marianne Fatica, Consumer Safety Officer at the US Food and Drug Administration, as our featured speaker this month.

There are approximately 9.4 million reported cases of foodborne illness each year in the United States. Approximately 56,000 involve hospitalizations and 1,350 result in death. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 51% of these illnesses are attributed to plant commodities, 42% to land animal commodities, and 6% to aquatic animal commodities. Seasonality and temperature effects can impact crop production, animal production, and fisheries. 

This presentation will review how seasonal effects, temperature effects, and extreme weather due to a changing climate impact multiple factors in food production and safety including the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of commodities for human consumption. 

The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Analytics and Outreach Middle and High School Curriculum materials will be used to discuss how these factors and the potential impacts of climate conditions are considered during an outbreak scenario.    

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