NoroCORE™ held its first Stakeholders’ Meeting at the International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting in Providence, RI, July 2012. This meeting was held prior to the opening session of the conference and served as a kick-off for NoroCORE’s engagement of stakeholder groups. The meeting included introductions and an overview of the NoroCORE™ Collaborative, presented by Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus (NoroCORE™ Scientific Director and Lead Scientist). An open forum for stakeholder comments and discussion followed. Stakeholders were given the opportunity to fill out a short survey to assess how they would like to interact with NoroCORE™ (deliverables, information, advocacy efforts, newsletters, etc).
The major findings of the Stakeholder session indicated that the areas of greatest concern were behavior change, dissemination of information, working with regulatory groups, and enhancing collaboration.