|Description:||This image depicts an industrial thermometer, which would make a terrific addition to anyone’s kitchen, for it is in the kitchen that the adherence to properly-maintained temperature levels is critical in the minimization of the possibility of foodborne illness propagation. The inner numbered gradations measure temperature in degrees Centigrade (oC), and the outer gradated tic marks measure temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (oF). At this angle, it appears that the thermometer was reading a temperature of 24oC/74oF.|
CDC's Role in Food Safety
CDC leads federal efforts to gather data on foodborne illnesses, investigate foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, and monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control efforts. CDC is not a food safety regulatory agency but works closely with the food safety regulatory agencies, in particular, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and USDA-FSIS. CDC also plays a key role in building state and local health department epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental health capacity to support foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak response. Notably, CDC data can be used to help document the effectiveness of regulatory interventions.