Florida Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence
CDC has designated five Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence to help fulfill its role in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These centers were designated to identify and implement best practices in foodborne diseases surveillance and to serve as a resource for public health professionals at state, local and regional levels.
Florida Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (CoE) is formed by a strong statewide program in foodborne illness at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), in collaboration with the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, College of Public Health and Health Professions, and Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Center also include links with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and state health departments in Alabama, Georgia and the U.S. Virgin Islands
The CoE’s goal, as one of the five centers, is to provide technical assistance and training on epidemiological, laboratory, and environmental investigations of foodborne illness outbreaks and associated analyses. And to identify and implement best practices in foodborne diseases surveillance. The center also serves as a resource for public health professionals at state, local, and regional levels. The CoE serves as the link between Florida’s program, other states and other agencies and all activities are designed to develop a systematic sustainable approach to improving food safety practices in the southeastern United States
Florida Center serves the state of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.