Florida Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence

Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence Southeastern Region Education and Training Needs Assessment

The number of people worried about food safety is very low, and this fact is disappointing. There are various reasons for it, starting with the lack of information and ending with the people’s unwillingness to see they are eating something awful. Even those who studied in college and had to write some assignments on food safety preferred not to do them. When really, they should have hired research paper writers and gotten guidance on the topic. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you don’t understand something — ignoring the opportunity to obtain knowledge is much worse. Fortunately, there are regional food safety centres that focus their attention on bringing the problem with food safety to light. Numerous research, webinars, and training courses they publish help people expand their knowledge of important issues and become more attentive to their own health. If you don’t know something yet, you can get several research papers done on this topic that would help you learn the subject deeply.

To assist in focusing the efforts of the Florida Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, a needs assessment was conducted with the purpose to assess current needs/knowledge gaps among state and local personnel involved in food safety activities and to assess the best approach to reach the target audience. The online survey was distributed to foodborne outbreak responders in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Please follow the below link to review the results of this needs assessment.
Needs Assessment published August 13, 2013

Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence Vision Meeting – October 24-25, 2017

The Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence gathered in Tampa, FL for the annual vision meeting on October 24-25, 2017 to kickoff discussions on new and current projects, future goals, and present information related to completed activities. Partners attending included FDA, CDC, University of Oregon, University of Tennessee, University of Georgia, University of Florida, Cornell University, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, and hosted by the Florida Department of Health.

Regional partners of Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence group photo

First row: Elizabeth Sillence [CDC], Rebecca Lindsey [CDC], Don Sharp [CDC], John Dunn [TN], Carlotta Medus [MN], Martin Wiedmann [Cornell University]
Second row: Josh Rounds [MN]
Third row: Andie Newman [NY], Rachel Jervis [CO], Jamie DeMent [FL], Paula Tuth [NY], Ynes Ortega [University of Georgia]
Fourth row: Ingrid Hewitson (CO), Travis Goodman [FDA], Hillary Booth [OR], Kirk Smith [MN], Arie Havelaar [University of Florida], Gwen Biggerstaff [CDC], Genevieve Sullivan [NY]
Fifth row: Chad Bailey [FL], Elizabeth Beshearse [University of Florida], Tamara Chavez-Lindell [TN], Hilary Whitham [CIFOR], Alice White [CO], Craig Hedberg [MN], Dale Morse [CDC], Jeff Bethel [Oregon State University], Ian Williams [CDC]
Attended but not pictured: Danielle Stanek [FL]


  • Background
  • Emerging Pathogens Institute
  • Florida Department of Health



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