Food Safety

Food Safety Program

Foodborne disease accounts for an estimated 48 million illnesses (1 in 6 Americans), 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the United States each year. It is a common problem intensified by the potential threat of an intentional attack on the nation’s food supply.


APHL works to improve laboratory capacity and capability for the detection of foodborne disease clusters, including technology transfer and laboratory training, and supports the expansion of PulseNet to include additional bacterial and viral agents of foodborne disease and the international expansion of the network.

Food Safety Program

APHL’s Food Safety Program promotes the role of state and local public health laboratories and agricultural laboratories in the detection, testing, and surveillance of foodborne pathogens.

The program collaborates with partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Agriculture-Food Safety Inspection Service, the Food and Drug Administration and related organizations. The program also works closely with CDC’s National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases to support state and local laboratories in PulseNet, the national network of public health laboratories, food laboratories and regulatory agencies coordinated by the CDC.

APHL is likewise an active member of the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR), which integrates local, state and federal efforts across many food safety disciplines to reduce the burden of foodborne illness in the United States.