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Welcome to the webpage of the Florida Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence! This is one of five such Centers of Excellence designated nationally, under the mandate of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. Each Center of Excellence represents a partnership between a state health department and a University. Our Florida Center of Excellence builds on a strong statewide program in foodborne illness at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), working 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 includes links with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), and state health departments in Alabama, Georgia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The areas served by these health departments have a population of 33 million, representing approximately 9% of the U.S. population.
The Center of Excellence serves as a resource for professional staff in local, state, and national public health agencies, particularly in dealing with outbreaks and outbreak investigations. Through auspices of the University and health departments, it also provides food safety information for consumers and industry. We welcome your comments on the web page, and suggestions on how we can better serve consumers and the public health community to reduce the burden of foodborne disease in Florida, our region, and the nation.
J. Glenn Morris, Jr., MD, MPH&TM
Professor and Director
Emerging Pathogens Institute
University of Florida
Carina Blackmore, DVM, PhD
Acting State Epidemiologist and State Public Health Veterinarian
Florida Department of Health