About CFI

Foodborne illness is a serious global health issue that affects 600 million people each year. Ensuring access to adequate, safe, and wholesome food is increasingly critical in order to sustain the world’s growing population.

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) was founded as a national, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization to drive the development and implementation of innovative, science-based solutions for the food safety 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.

In August 2019, CFI was established as a center within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) to further establish Ohio State and CFI’s global leadership in food safety; encourage and facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations around food safety; build a network of food safety experts to address existing and emerging food safety problems; and create lasting strategic partnerships with food safety stakeholders.