Sage Media and CFI Announce Food Safety Design Workshop

Sage Media and CFI Announce Food Safety Design Workshop

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention at Ohio State University will partner with Sage Media to host the Aug. 4 workshop, which will guide food industry professionals through the steps to creating an actionable food safety culture strategy.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) at Ohio State University (OSU) announced a new partnership with Sage Media to provide food industry professionals with a one-day workshop guiding them through the necessary steps to create an actionable food safety culture strategy.

“We wanted to create something that is an extension of both Frank Yiannas’ work and the foundations provided by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) within the position paper on food safety culture,” said Austin Welch, Sage Media co-founder. “By taking what we have learned over the years from developing food safety culture programs for global manufacturers and combining it with CFI’s reputation as a leader in research and prevention, we are able to offer something that many people in the industry have been asking for but didn’t previously exist.”

An abundance of literature in the market explains what food safety culture is and why it is important, according to Sage Media, but the goal of the workshop is to provide real-world strategies on how to make food safety culture a reality.

“Our objective is to develop evidence-based policies and practices that create a positive food safety culture from farm to table,” said Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, executive director and associate professor, CFI at OSU. “We are excited to work collaboratively with Sage Media to develop the Food Safety Design Workshop.”

Added Gina Nicholson Kramer, REHS/RS, associate director of partnerships, policy and learning at CFI at OSU, “Science tells us that behavior modification begins on an emotional level.”

She explained the unique approach to the workshop: “Understanding practical strategies to engage emotions will inspire and motivate thousands of associates to create long-term food safety behaviors.”

The workshop aims to provide:

  • A thorough understanding of the research around organizational and food safety cultures.
  • A framework to measure existing food safety culture.
  • The foundations of creative problem-solving strategies to uncover previously unseen opportunities to strengthen food safety culture.
  • An introduction to the science of motivation and behavior, as well as how improving these aspects will reduce the risk of recalls, improve productivity and help an organization stand out as a leader in food safety.
  • Options to attend both in-person and virtually for a global audience.

The workshop is scheduled to take place Aug. 4 in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit