Provide leadership by developing and maintaining diverse, collaborative and results-driven partnerships that advance food safety.


Barbara Kowalcyk, one of the founders for CFI, was a co-author of the 2010 National Academies of Science report Enhancing Food Safety: The Role of the Food and Drug Administration, which served as a blueprint for FDA reform during the development of Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010.


CFI has provided scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services and to the Executive Branch on issues related to food safety by serving on national advisory committees and food safety-related working groups:

  • FDA Science Board
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveillance Working Group
  • National Academies of Science Subcommittees and Working Groups
  • National Advisory Committee for Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI)
  • National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF)
  • President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group


CFI has worked with academics and other non-governmental organizations:

  • Ad Council’s Expert Committee for the Food Safe Families Campaign
  • Collaborative Food Safety Forum – hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • ConAgra’s Food Safety Council
  • Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, Produce Safety Project
  • Partnership for Food Safety Education
  • National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments
  • University of Minnesota project on Foot and Mouth disease


CFI leadership has been active in several coalitions:

  • Alliance for a Stronger FDA
  • Coalition for Sensible Safeguards
  • Make Our Food Safe Coalition
  • Safe Food Coalition
  • Supporters of Agricultural Research
  • Stakeholder Forum for Antimicrobial Resistance