Fostering partnerships across government, academia and industry, the Foundation serves public health and prosperity
Human health risks are not bound by national borders. Air, water, food and people flow continuously between Mexico and the U.S. Both countries share a common interest in promoting effective policies for environmental, health and food safety. USMFS has driven substantial progress in addressing these public-health challenges:
Since 2004, the Foundation has channeled resources from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and their Mexican counterparts to create an early-warning system to detect major outbreaks of infectious disease. For example, the two countries launched the Border Infectious Disease Surveillance agreement, which has
- Established a new laboratory test to diagnose Brucellosis.
- Implemented vector control and prevention strategies for Rickettsia.
- Begun deploying a platform developed by Mexico to prevent and control vector-borne diseases, specifically Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya virus.
The Foundation’s Food Safety Program works with U.S. universities to improve educational programs, best practices, certifications and supply-chain coordination to help Mexican producers meet USDA food-safety guidelines.
- USMFS has worked with Tlaxcala Honey to build consortia that provide producers with the necessary staff training to uphold USDA minimums for industrial chemicals like BPH and BPM, among many other technical criteria.
- USMFS has worked with the Texas A&M University Center in Mexico to provide training for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points for food producers, processors and government authorities.
- With help from USMFS, Investigación Aplicada, S.A. de C.V. (IASA)—a 50-year-old Mexican R&D company that provides animal health and nutrition products to producers worldwide—worked with Cornell University to develop a field-trial study that used egg antibodies instead of antibiotics to fight infection in livestock. The trial’s success enabled IASA to bring its product to the European market and led to its recent acquisition by the Mexican biotech giant Invekra.
- A high-level USMFS workshop of U.S. and Mexican scientists brought binational attention to the critical challenge of common water resources. It involved U.S. and Mexican universities as key research allies—including Texas A&M University and the Universities of Tamaulipas, Baja California and Ciudad Juarez—and secured $1.5 million in EPA funding to investigate ways to mitigate cross-border wastewater hazards.