The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulates food, drugs, cosmetics,medical devices, motor fuels and propane, and pesticide licenses. No one wants to eat or feed tainted food to their families. In 2014 the Center for Disease Control estimated that one out of  six Americans got sick and 3000 people died of food borne illnesses. We need to make sure food and consumer safety is taken seriously.  North Carolina produces an abundant supply of meat, seafood, fruits, nuts, and vegetables.  We want the consumer to know that if it was produced in North Carolina it is healthy and safe. We must use every tool at our disposal to ensure food is safe before it gets to the consumer. We will work together with farmers and businesses to educate them and inform them of the need to provide safe products to the consumer.  I want North Carolina to be number one in food and consumer safety.