Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence Factsheet

Supporting and enhancing enteric surveillance and outbreak investigation

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Every year roughly 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from foodborne diseases.

Many health departments lack necessary resources or expertise to respond to cases of foodborne illness.


In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act set up CDC’s Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence (Food Safety CoEs) to serve as peer resources for other public health professionals that respond to foodborne illness outbreaks.

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Who are the Food Safety CoEs?

The Food Safety CoEs provide peer assistance and training to support state and local health departments to build their capacity to track and investigate enteric diseases. The Food Safety CoEs are Colorado, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, and Washington state health departments and their partner academic institutions. Each Food Safety CoE serves a region of the country to help guide jurisdictions to the resources that best meet their needs.

Food Safety CoE Products and Services

The Food Safety CoEs have developed a variety of tools and resources to help other state and local health departments. These products include training courses, guidance documents, and templates. Products from all the Food Safety CoEs are available at no charge at .

In addition to the numerous online products created by the Food Safety CoEs, the Food Safety CoEs receive funding to assist state and local health departments on a one-on-one basis. Depending on your needs, one of the Food Safety CoEs may be able to visit you in-person or provide consultation remotely. Contact a Food Safety CoE to learn more about the services they offer.

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