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About the Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence

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Shared Knowledge = Decreased Foodborne Illness

CDC’s five Centers (Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Tennessee) serve as resources for local, state, and federal public health professionals who respond to foodborne illness and outbreaks.

With CDC's support, these Centers aim to:

  • Provide technical help and training in epidemiological, laboratory, and environmental investigations.
  • Decrease the burden of foodborne illness using improved techniques in detection, investigation, control, and reporting.
  • Use information gathered during outbreak investigations to prevent future illnesses and outbreaks.
  • Develop and share best practices through their six main activity areas.

Six Main Activity Areas

  • Collaborate with public health professionals to strengthen foodborne illness surveillance and outbreak investigations.
  • Analyze the timeliness and effectiveness of foodborne illness surveillance and outbreak response activities.
  • Train state and local public health staff in epidemiological and environmental investigation of foodborne illness, including timeliness, coordination, and standardization of the investigation process.
  • Establish fellowships, stipends, and scholarships to educate future epidemiology and food safety leaders in foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigation and to address critical workforce shortages.
  • Strengthen capacity to participate in foodborne illness surveillance and environmental assessment information systems.
  • Conduct food-safety program evaluations and outreach activities focused on increasing prevention, communication, and education.

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