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How do you measure safety? You start by setting standards.

An interview with Dr. Leonard Freedman, one of the scientists who helps set them, about food and water safety.

How do you know that your water is safe to drink, your food safe to eat, and the medical tests performed by your doctor are giving accurate results? What standards do we use? Are they applied across the United States? What will we find when we travel abroad?

Janet Golden: Why do we need global standards in science?

How are standards developed?

Water safety is a key area of interest in public health worldwide. What is the current situation regarding standards?

The provision of safe drinking water throughout much of the world—from treated water from the tap, untreated water from a well, and bottled water—has been a core responsibility of national, regional, and local governments for decades. Access to adequate amounts (water quantity) of safe drinking water (water quality) is essential to life, the supply of which continues to be a cornerstone of effective legislation, regulations, and policies for public health protection.

Is your institute concerned about food safety as well?

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