The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention (CFI) is a national, non-profit 501 (c)(3) public health organization.


Our mission is to advance a stronger, science-based food safety system that prevents foodborne illness and protects public health.


Our vision is a food system that consistently delivers safe, affordable, and nutritious food to all.



CFI was founded in 2006 to help America create innovative, science-based solutions for the food challenges of the 21st Century. We view ourselves as knowledge brokers, working to translate science into practical, evidence-informed policies that protect public health and prevent foodborne disease. Our objective is to provide an independent voice, committed to using the best available science to develop evidence-informed policies and practices that create a positive food safety culture from farm to table and beyond. In all that we do, we are rooted in science and best practices for science-based advocacy are our guiding principles:


1.  Accurately characterize the best available, policy-relevant science.

2.  Clearly and thoroughly present the argument.

3.  Accurately characterize scientific uncertainty and avoid guesswork.

4.  Transparently represent the scientific basis for policy recommendations and explicitly acknowledge the values that inform them.

5.  Be open to revising a policy recommendation in light of new information.

6.  Avoid hyperbole.

7.  Clearly acknowledge when expressing a personal opinion or making policy recommendations on issues that lie beyond the scope of one’s technical expertise.


Strategic Goals

Our objectives are to:

1.  Provide leadership by developing and maintaining diverse, collaborative and results-driven partnerships that advance food safety.

2.  Improve the collection and sharing of food safety information and data within and across sectors.

3.  Advance the development and adoption of science-informed policies and practices throughout the system that improve food safety and public health.

4.  Translate and communicate science and its implications for food safety from farm to fork to physician.

5.  Shift the paradigm by promoting an integrated, systems-based approach to food safety and the co-benefits to food security and nutrition.