The Washington Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence serves as a resource for other state and local public health partners to help:
- Strengthen & Improve foodborne illness surveillance and response
- Evaluate & Analyze the effectiveness of outbreak detection and investigation
- Train & Educate the public health workforce about best practices for foodborne outbreak response
- Disseminate & Communicate tools and resources relating to foodborne and enteric illnesses
Serving the Western Region
The Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence program was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Washington joins the existing regional centers in Colorado, Minnesota, New York, and Tennessee.
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) at the University of Washington serves as a regional training hub and provides instructional design, web design, and graphic design for the Washington CoE.