Our Privacy Policy describes how we protect Your privacy when You use this Site. You may access the current version of our Privacy Policy at any time by clicking on the link marked “Privacy Policy” on this Site.

Our Privacy Policy is part of and is hereby incorporated into these Terms of Use.

Ownership of site and content
Except as expressly set forth in the Terms and Conditions governing Authorized Users’ use of the Service, all rights, title and interests in this Site, including all of the software and code that comprise and operate this Site, and all of the text, photographs, images, illustrations, graphics, audio, video and audio-video clips, and other materials provided through this Site (collectively, “Content”) are owned by SSAFE or by third parties who have licensed or provided their Content to us. This Site is protected under trademark, service mark, trade dress, copyright, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property laws. In addition, the entire Content of this Site is a collective work under U.S. and international copyright laws and treaties, and SSAFE owns the copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of the Content of this Site.

We hereby grant You a limited, revocable license to download and print copies of any portion of the Content on this Site to which You have properly gained access, but only for Your internal business use or for Your own personal, non-commercial use, and only if You do not remove, modify or obscure any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices from the Content You download. The foregoing license is subject to these Terms of Use and does not include the right to use any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods. This license is revocable at any time without notice and with or without cause. You may not and You may not permit others to copy, distribute, perform or display publicly, prepare derivative works based on, broadcast, exploit or use any part of the Content on this Site except as expressly provided in these Terms of Use without our prior written permission. Nothing in these Terms of Use shall be construed as transferring any right, title or interest in this Site or its Content to You or anyone else, except the limited license to use this Site and its Content on the terms expressly set forth herein.

Third-Party content
Some of the information, articles and other materials available through this Site are provided to SSAFE by third parties. Wherever practical, in our opinion, the source of these third-party materials is identified. These third-party materials are provided for Your interest and convenience only. SSAFE does not endorse these materials or the vendors who supply them to us, nor does SSAFE warrant or represent that these materials are current, accurate, complete or reliable.

The trademarks and service marks used or displayed on this Site (“Trademarks”) are registered and unregistered trademarks of SSAFE, members of SSAFE, its affiliates, or third parties. You may not use any Trademarks displayed on this Site without the prior express written permission of SSAFE or the trademark owner.

Links to third-party Web sites
This Site may contain links to other web sites owned by third parties (such as members, strategic partners, or others). We are not responsible for examining or evaluating, and we do not warrant the products or offerings of, any of these businesses or individuals, or the accuracy of the content of their Web sites. We do not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, product, and content of any such Web sites. Before You use any third party Web site, You should review the applicable terms of use and policies for such Web sites. The inclusion of a link in this Site does not imply our endorsement of such third party Web site. If You decide to access any such linked Web sites, You do so at Your own risk.

Disclaimer of warranties
Your use of THIS SITE and all of the content, products and services made available through THIS SITE, is at your sole risk. THIS SITE, and all of the content, products and services made available THROUGH THIS SITE, IS provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis, without representations or warranties of any kind whatsoever. To the fullest extent permitted by law, SSAFE, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, licensors and service providers, expressly disclaim all representations and warranties of any kind whatsoever, whether express, implied, or statutory, with respect to THIS SITE; the content, products and services made available through THIS SITE; your use of THIS SITE; or any Web sites to which THIS SITE IS linked. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, SSAFE, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, licensors and service providers disclaim all representations and warranties (A) of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement; (b) ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE; (c) regarding the security of this site or our systems; (d) that the content is accurate, complete, current, relevant or reliable; or (e) that your use of THIS SITE will be uninterrupted or error-free.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitation of certain warranties, so some of these disclaimers may not apply to you.

Limitation of liability

Modification and discontinuation
We reserve the right to discontinue or modify this Site at any time without prior notice.

Monitoring of the site
SSAFE may, from time to time, monitor, review, block or remove Uploads; however, SSAFE is under no obligation to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from such content nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger or inaccuracy contained in any Uploads.  You shall be solely responsible and liable for any Uploads, any activity or transactions that occur under their name or account, and any infringement of copyright, trademarks, or other rights.  SSAFE is not required to host, display, or distribute any Uploads, and may, in its sole discretion, remove at any time or refuse any Uploads for any reason.  SSAFE is not responsible for any loss, theft or damage of any kind to any Uploads.

As used in these Terms of Use, the term “including” means “including, but not limited to.”

Our failure at any time to require performance of any provision of these Terms of Use or to exercise any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of such provision or such right. All waivers must be in writing. Unless the written waiver contains an express statement to the contrary, no waiver by any of us of any breach of any provision of these Terms of Use or of any right provided for herein shall be construed as a waiver of any continuing or succeeding breach of such provision, a waiver of the provision itself, or a waiver of any right under these Terms of Use.

SeverabilityIf any provision of these Terms of Use is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, such provision shall be changed and interpreted so as to best accomplish the objectives of the original provision to the fullest extent allowed by law and the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect.

Governing law, jurisdiction and venue
These Terms of Use shall be governed under the laws and regulations of the United States of America and the State of Minnesota without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. Other countries may have laws and regulatory requirements that differ from those in the United States. All actions or proceedings arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use shall be venued exclusively in state or federal court in Minnesota. You hereby irrevocably consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of said courts for all such purposes.

Entire agreement
These Terms of Use, as supplemented or amended by any applicable Privacy Notices or click-through agreement, contain the entire understanding and agreement between You and us with respect to this Site and supersede all previous communications, negotiations and agreements, whether oral, written, or electronic between You and us with respect thereto.

Questions about these Terms of Use
If You have any questions regarding these Terms of Use, please send an e-mail to info@ssafe-food.org   SSAFE ONLINE PRIVACY POLICYEffective Date: August 18th 2014.


Effective Date: August 18th 2014

SSAFE’s Commitment To Privacy
Your privacy is important to us. This Online Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) explains how we protect your privacy when you visit this Web site that display this Privacy Policy (our “Site(s)”). This Privacy Policy describes what types of information we gather and track when you use our Site, how this information is used and with whom it is shared. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

This site is operated by SSAFE and is referred to in this Privacy Policy as “SSAFE,” “we,” “us,” and “our”.

Scope of This Privacy Policy
This Privacy Policy covers the “personal information” we collect through our Site.“Personal information” is information that identifies you personally, either alone or in combination with other information available to us. Examples of personal information include your name, contact details, credit card information, information you provide when you create an account or a personal profile on our Site and information about the pages you have viewed and the path you have taken through our Site.

Your Consent
Please take a few minutes to review this Privacy Policy. By accessing or using this Site, you are consenting to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.IF YOU DO NOT CONSENT TO THE COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AS SET FORTH IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY, PLEASE EXIT AND DO NOT USE THIS SITE.

Changes to This Privacy Policy
As we add new features and functionality to our Site, we may need to update or revise this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to do so, at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised version on our Site. These changes will be effective as of the date we post the revised version on our Site. They will apply only to the personal information we collect after we have posted the revised version. Your use of our Site following any such change constitutes your consent to the terms of the revised Privacy Policy. For this reason, it is important to review this Privacy Policy regularly.You may access the current version of this Privacy Policy at any time by clicking on the link marked “Privacy Policy” on this Site.

Privacy Notices
This Privacy Policy may be supplemented or amended from time to time by “Privacy Notices” posted on our Site. Generally, Privacy Notices provide details about the personal information we collect on particular pages or particular areas of a Site, why we need that information, and choices you may have about the ways we use that information.

What Personal Information Do We Collect Through Our Site?
Information You Provide. We collect the personal information you knowingly provide (using your mouse and keyboard) when you use our Site. The information we collect depends on how you use our Site. For example, if you sign up to receive email communications from us, we collect your email address and any related information you provide. If you communicate with us using the “Contact Us” feature, we collect the information you provide when you complete the “Contact Us” form.

Generally, our site distinguishes between information we need in order to provide you with a particular product, service or to fulfill your request (“mandatory fields”), and information that although useful is optional with respect to that particular product, service or your request. Please be aware that if you do not provide us with mandatory fields we will not be able to provide you with the product or service or to fulfill your request.

Supplemental Information. From time to time, we may supplement the information you give us with information from other sources, such as information validating your address, information based on your zip code, or information about your business. We may also supplement the information you give us with information we collect from you through other channels. For example, if you are a SSAFE partner, we may supplement the information you provide online with information you provide in your other dealings with SSAFE.

Information Sent to Us by Your Web Browser. We collect information that is sent to us automatically by your Web browser. This information typically includes your IP address, the identity of your Internet Service Provider, the name and version of your operating system, the name and version of your browser, the date and time of your visit, and the pages you visit. An “IP address” is a unique number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you connect to the Internet. It is used to identify your computer’s “location” in cyberspace, so that the information you request can be delivered to you. If you use a dial-up connection or a connection that assigns dynamic IP addresses, your computer will be assigned a new IP Address each time you connect to the Internet. If, however, your computer is permanently connected to the Internet using a static IP address, the IP address assigned to your computer will generally be the same each time you use your computer. Although it does not identify you by name, we treat your IP address as your personal information.

You should be aware that when you respond to an electronic communication you receive from us, for example, by opening an email, downloading images or clicking on a link in an electronic newsletter, your browser tells us that you (or someone using your email address) have done so. We use this information to improve our communication efforts. In addition, we review our server logs – which contain visitors’ IP addresses – for security and fraud prevention purposes. If criminal activity is suspected, we may share our server logs and the personal information we have collected through this Site with the appropriate investigative authorities who could use that information to trace and identify individuals.

Cookies and Similar Technologies. A cookie is a small file sent by a Web site and stored on a user’s computer which enables the Web site to remember information about you and your preferences.  We use “cookies” and other Web technologies in a number of ways. For example, we may use these technologies to

collect information about the ways visitors use our Site – which pages they visit, which links they use, and how long they stay on each page;

to support the features and functionality of our Site – for example, to save you the trouble of reentering information already in our database or to prompt the settings you established on previous visits to our Site;

to personalize your experience when you use our Site;

to measure the success of our web or email advertising.

Some of these uses may involve the use of “third party cookies”; that is, cookies that are set by software used by one of our service providers, such as to carry out statistical analysis of page use, page interactions and paths through the site, or for the purposes of serving internet advertisements using an online advertising supplier.

Generally, the information we collect using these Web technologies does not identify you by name. If, however, you have created a user identity, for example, by signing up to use a password-protected area on our Site, we may link the information we collect using Web technologies to other information that identifies you personally.

If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer. You may also delete our cookies as soon as you leave a Site. Although you are not required to accept our cookies when you visit our Site, if you set your browser to reject cookies, you may not be able to use all of the features and functionality of our Site.

How Does SSAFE Use Your Personal Information?
Generally we use the personal information we collect through our Site
to provide the products, information and services you request;
for security, credit or fraud prevention purposes;to provide you with effective customer service;
to provide you with a personalized experience when you use our Site;
to contact you with new information we believe will be of interest to you;
to contact you with information and notices related to your use of our Site;
to invite you to participate in surveys and provide feedback to us;to better understand your needs and interests;
to improve the content, functionality and usability of our Site;
to improve our products and services;
to improve our communication efforts;
and for any other purpose identified in an applicable Privacy Notice or other agreement between SSAFE and you.

To Whom Do We Disclose Personal Information?
We may share the personal information we collect through our Site as described below:

Our Service Providers. We share personal information with companies and organizations that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that provide Web site support services to us.

Within SSAFE. We may share your personal information within SSAFE (that is, among the members of SSAFE) and with any of our affiliates where there is a “need to know” for the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Compliance With Laws and Protection of Our Rights and the Rights of Others. We may disclose personal information when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law, a court order or a subpoena. We may also disclose personal information to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce or apply our online terms of use or other agreements; or to protect our own rights or property or the rights, property or safety of our users or others.

As Described in a Privacy Notice. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as described in any Privacy Notice posted on the Web page where you provide that information. By providing your personal information on that Web page you will be consenting to the disclosure of your personal information as described in that Privacy Notice.

As Described in a Click-Through Agreement. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as described in any click-through agreement to which you have agreed.

Your Choices
In some circumstances we may give you choices about the ways we collect, use and disclose your personal information. If so, we may ask you to indicate your choices at the time we collect your personal information. If you have created an account or a personal profile on our Site, you may be able to update some or all of your privacy choices by changing the settings on your account settings or profile page.

How Can You Access, Update or Correct Your Personal Information?
If you have created an account or a personal profile on our Site, you may be able to access and update some or all of your personal information on your account settings or profile page. In most cases, however, you will need our help. If you wish to access, update or correct your personal information, please contact us. We will respond to you within a reasonable time and within the time limits established by applicable law. We may ask you for additional information to verify your identity. In most cases, we will provide access and correct or delete any inaccurate information you discover. In some cases, however, we may limit or deny your request if the law permits or requires us to do so or if we are unable to verify your identify.

Although we take commercially reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality, integrity and security of your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information. For this reason we urge users to take every precaution to protect their personal information while using the Internet.

Password Protection. Certain areas of our Site are password protected. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your passwords. We have the right to assume that anyone accessing one of our Site using a password assigned to you has the right to do so. You will be solely responsible for the activities of anyone accessing our Site using a password assigned to you, even if the individual is not, in fact authorized by you. If you have reason to believe that your password has been compromised or used without authorization, you must promptly change it using the functionality provided on the Site.

Links to Third-Party Web Sites
This Site may also contain links to Web sites operated by our members or other companies, including websites operated by our third-party service providers, and unrelated third parties. This Privacy Policy does not apply to personal information collected on any of these other Web sites. When you access third-party Web sites through a link on our Site, please take a few minutes to review the privacy policy posted on that site.

Children’s Privacy
Our Site is not directed at children under the age of 13, and we do not use our Site to knowingly solicit personal information from or market to children under the age of 13. If we learn that someone under 13 has provided personally identifiable information through our Site, we will use reasonable efforts to remove that information from our databases.

Special Notice for Visitors
SSAFE is a global organization doing business in many countries and we may transfer your personal information across national borders for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. Our headquarters are in Washington D.C. in the United States of America. Our Web servers and databases are located in the United States or in other countries and the information on these servers and databases may be accessed by our staff (or staff of our service providers) located in other countries where they have a “need to know”. Different countries have different privacy laws and requirements, and some, including the United States, provide less legal protection for your personal information than others. Please know, however, that no matter where your personal information is collected, used, transferred or stored, if it was collected through our Site, it will be processed in accordance with this Privacy Policy and any privacy notices or click-through agreements that apply to you.


If you have any questions regarding these Terms of Use, please send an e-mail to info@ssafe-food.org