RTI is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Our mission is to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.
Leading research and delivering data to support clients in ensuring a safer food supply
On behalf of governments, international organizations, nongovernment organizations, and businesses, we work to minimize foodborne illness throughout the supply chain, starting at the farm level, to manufacturers and retailers, to consumers.
Investigating Food Safety Practices of U.S. Consumers
Conducting meal preparation experiments to evaluate food safety interventions
RTI is helping educate consumers about these fundamental food safety issues. As part of a five-year project with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, or FSIS, we have conducted randomized, controlled studies examining different cooking practices each year. Each study investigates how typical consumers prepare food and whether their techniques are as safe as they should be.
Our ExpertsBy The Numbers
of participants in the study failed to properly clean their hands before handling food.
of people did not wash their hands before cooking at home.