PFSE Announces FDA’s Closer to Zero Action Plan Workshop at CFSEC 2023


Conference explores the future of food safety education, next generation of food handlers and more

The Partnership for Food Safety Education, host of the 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference (CFSEC) on March 1-3, is thrilled to announce the addition of new pre-conference workshops to the conference series, as well as continuing education units (CEUs) being offered for attendance.

CFSEC 2023 is the only conference in the U.S. dedicated to consumer food safety education. The conference convenes research experts, nutrition professionals, and community-based health and food safety educators across the country who educate people on how to handle food safely at home during three days of workshops, sessions and networking.

This unique conference will be co-chaired by Howard Popoola, vice president of corporate food technology and regulatory compliance with The Kroger Company, and Dr. Shauna C. Henley, family and consumer sciences educator with the University of Maryland Extension and PFSE board member.

New pre-conference workshops on developing strategies to effectively communicate food safety risks include:

These four workshops will enhance attendees’ skills and conference experience helping them gain a competitive edge with exclusive training opportunities on important food safety topics. Limited space available.

Attendees also have the chance to earn up to 11.5 CPEUs (and 1.5 poster hours) to strengthen their educational and professional development. Conference CEUs have been approved by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), American Culinary Federation (ACF), Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM), Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), and National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

The 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference will be held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia, just around the corner from the Reagan National Airport and Washington, D.C.’s historic sites. The discounted conference hotel room rate is $199/night with complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and free shuttle service to/from the airport as well as the Crystal City metro station. Discounted room rates are available until Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Registration is still available. There are limited tickets remaining.

For more information, visit or contact PFSE at

The 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference is supported in part by Costco Wholesale, USDA FSIS, Beef Checkoff, International Association for Food Protection, Chipotle, Ecolab, Hormel, International Fresh Produce Association, McDonald’s Corporation, and in-kind media partners Food Safety Magazine and Food Safety News.

The conference planning is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award R13FD007697 totaling $50,000 with 17% funded by FDA/HHS and $246,603 and 83% funded by nongovernment source(s).The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

About the Partnership for Food Safety Education
The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) is a nonprofit, public health organization with a mission to develop and promote effective education programs to reduce foodborne illness risk for consumers. This important work is done through a historically significant cross-sector collaboration with the federal government, food industry, consumer groups, and scientific associations. PFSE supports more than 13,000 health and food safety educators with free, science-based safe food handling messages who reach 8.5 million U.S. households each year. Food safety professionals, health educators, and consumers can download free food safety education information from the Partnership’s website at

Howard Popoola | Dr. Shauna C. Henley
Renaissance Arlington Capital View
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