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Patricia Buck

Patricia Buck
Patricia Buck
CFI Co-Founder

Patricia Buck is a national food safety educator and advocate. She became involved in foodborne illness prevention in 2001 following the death of her 2-½ year old grandson, Kevin Kowalcyk. In 2006, Buck co-founded the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) with her daughter, Barbara Kowalcyk, and served as the organization’s Executive Director and Director of Outreach and Education. Buck has presented on a variety of food safety topics at local and national food safety events and conferences. Buck is active with the Safe Food Coalition, Make Our Food Safe coalition, Stakeholders Forum on Microbial Resistance, and the Partnership for Food Safety Education. She is also a past consumer representative on USDA’s National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, and President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group. In 2011, Buck received a National Rotary Award from Rotary International and was named Food Safety Champion for Extraordinary Advocacy Leadership by The Pew Charitable Trusts. She holds a M.A. in English and a M.S. in Education.