FDA's human foods program supports four university Centers of Excellence which provide research and capacity building that address timely, cutting-edge issues related to food safety. Each university Center of Excellence has a different focus and provides information and expertise that complement the positive public health outcomes FDA is striving to achieve.
The university Centers of Excellence are the:
- Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)/National Center for Food Safety and Technology, at the Illinois Institute of Technology
Specializing in food processing research
- Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, at the University of Maryland
Specializing in developing and providing international food safety training programs
- National Center for Natural Products Research, at the University of Mississippi
Specializing in research related to the safety and adulteration of dietary supplements
- Western Center for Food Safety, at the University of California, Davis
Specializing in produce safety research
Additional information on the research and capacity building conducted by the university Centers of Excellence can be found in the 2022-2023 CFSAN Centers of Excellence Annual Report (PDF 3.3MB).