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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year, foodborne diseases cause illness in 1 in 6 Americans (or about 48 million people) resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.

Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement (FoodCORE) centers work together to develop new and better methods to detect, investigate, respond to, and control multistate outbreaks of foodborne diseases. Efforts are primarily focused on outbreaks caused by bacteria, including Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, and Listeria. The ability to detect and investigate viral and parasitic foodborne disease outbreaks will also be strengthened.


A map of the United States highlighting states that participate in FoodCORE.

Recent Highlights and Successes

3 Circles interlocking: Laboratory, Epidemiology, Environmental Health

Going the Distance: Tennessee and Colorado Successfully Collaborate Despite being Miles Apart

Though they are many miles apart, the Tennessee and Colorado FoodCORE centers were able to bring together epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental health professionals to conduct a complete investigation of a Salmonella outbreak at a summer camp. By working together, investigators in multiple states can identify and thoroughly investigate more outbreaks.