About the Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence
Shared Knowledge = Decreased Foodborne Illness
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.