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Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition

Although the nation’s food supply ranks among the safest in the world, the country faces challenges from new and emerging foodborne pathogens, as well as those that are growing resistant to treatment. 


  • Create a sustainable, safe food supply
  • Reduce malnutrition and childhood obesity through education
  • Improve the nutritional quality of food without sacrificing flavor, acceptability, and safety
  • Decrease instances of foodborne illness and death, especially in minority and low-income populations


For Director and National Program Leader (NPL) contacts by Institute and Division, please visit the NIFA Institutes page.
For NPL contacts by Program, please visit the NIFA National Program Leaders page.