Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Food Safety

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CDC’s Role in Food Safety

The CDC provides the vital link between foodborne illness and the food safety systems of government agencies and food producers.

CDC helps make food safer by:

  • Working with partners to determine the major sources of foodborne illnesses and annual changes in the number of illnesses, investigate multistate foodborne disease outbreaks, and implement systems to better prevent illnesses and detect and stop outbreaks. Government partners include state and local health departments, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The food industry, animal health partners, and consumers also play essential roles in food safety.
  • Helping state and local health departments improve the tracking and investigation of foodborne illnesses and outbreaks.
  • Using data to determine whether prevention measures are working and where further efforts and additional targets for prevention are needed to reduce foodborne illness.
  • Working with other countries and international agencies to improve tracking, investigation, and prevention of foodborne infections in the United States and around the world.

Additional information on the following topics can be found on the CDC website:

  • How to Prevent Food Poisoning
  • Food safety for special events
  • Food Poisoning Symptoms
  • People With a Higher Risk of
  • Food Poisoning
  • Foods That Can Cause Food Poisoning
  • Foodborne Germs and Illnesses
  • Keep Food Safe After a Disaster or Emergency
  • Foodborne Outbreaks
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Health Departments

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