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Center for the Prevention of Foodborne Disease

About the Center For Food Safety and the Prevention of Foodborne Disease

The Center for the Food Safety and the Prevention of Foodborne Disease aims to improve food safety and prevent foodborne disease by fostering collaboration among academia, government, and industry in Colorado and the Region. Planning for the Center began in 2011.

As a Center within the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), we are committed to improving training, research, continuing education, and outreach related to food safety and the prevention of foodborne disease.

  • Provide a forum for multidisciplinary communication and information sharing in the Rocky Mountain region.
  • Implement interdisciplinary education and train future leaders in food safety.
  • Provide high impact and innovative continuing education on food safety and the role of public health.
  • Implement outreach programs that translate research knowledge into improvements in food safety and public health.
  • Develop and support integrative research that aims to improve food safety and reduce the impact of foodborne disease at a regional and national level.
  • Engage communities, producers and consumers in advancing food safety in the region.

Colorado one of CDC's Food Safety Integrated Centers of Excellence

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CDC has designated Colorado as one of five Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence (CoE) to help fulfill its role in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). After a competitive process, five state health departments and their affiliated university partners were selected and notified: Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Tennessee.  With CDC's leadership, these Centers will provide technical assistance and training on epidemiological, laboratory, and environmental investigations of foodborne illness outbreaks and associated analyses. Centers will identify and implement best practices in foodborne diseases surveillance and will serve as a resource for public health professionals at state, local, and regional levels. Find out more about the CoE and the FSMA at

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