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Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention 2022

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
33 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 31, at 11:59 PM EST
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Thank You!!

January 03, 2023

A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to Kevin's 24th Birthday Celebration Fundraiser - we exceeded our goal and I am blown away by the support!

Your donation will be used fund student research, on-campus events, statistical software subscriptions, travel to domestic and international food safety meetings, and much more.

Our campaign has ended, but our commitment to improving lives by preventing foodborne disease continues with our research, policy work, workshops and the CFI Food Safety Consortium

Again, thank you for helping us celebrate Kevin's 24th birthday!



Only 4 Days Remaining

December 27, 2022

Our Giving Campaign for 2022 ends on the 31st of December. With only 4 days remaining, we have currently reached 75% of our $5,000 goal. We are not there yet, so let's keep pushing! Funds raised will go into CFI’s Support Fund, including but not limited to, the support of research, staff, operations, grad student support, equipment, and travel.

Aid us in our efforts to transform communities and the world by improving food safety and preventing unnecessary illnesses and deaths from foodborne disease through food safety research projects and more.

11 Days Remaining and Counting

December 20, 2022

Our 2022 Giving Campaign went live on Monday, November 28th at midnight, and it will end on December 31st at 11:59 PM, just before the new year. We are currently sitting at $3,681 with only 12 days remaining in our campaign, and a goal of $5,000! Make a donation to our campaign and get in on the action, as we continue to make strides in encouraging the development and implementation of #strongerfoodprotections. 

One such way is through CFI team member involvement with advisory groups, wherein we are able to translate the insights gained through our scientific research projects into action! Whether it be by delivering our research findings to food safety stakeholders using their preferred delivery channels and formats that match their information needs, regularly interacting with individuals or groups engaged in developing evidence-informed food safety policies and practices, submitting public comments on newly proposed regulation, or by serving on a variety food safety boards/committees/advisory groups.

Some of our own Graduate Research Associates have been able to join in on the action and actively engage in these public service activities themselves and have learned first-hand how food policy is developed and their critical role within this system, as emerging food safety leaders.

Your Gift Helps Support Student Experiential Learning

December 13, 2022
As the team at CFI works to transform communities and the world by improving food safety and preventing unnecessary illnesses and deaths from foodborne disease, we are also creating a network of food safety researchers and trans-disciplinary collaborations in food safety. One of these collaborations is here in Ohio with Franklin County Public Health! 
WHY: Certified food protection managers (CFPMs) are increasingly being recognized for their role in addressing foodborne illness risk factors in retail food environments, and Ohio now requires all retail food establishments to employ at least one CFPM. However, few studies have examined how food safety certification requirements may influence food safety outcomes. That is where the FAIRE project comes in!  
"Working with CFI and its outstanding students on the FAIRE project has greatly expanded my knowledge of food safety and food policy. The staff members show interest and support in their students and truly want to help us grow. CFI has been able to make the research experience exciting and easy!" - Noah Dameron, Undergraduate Intern 
Noah Dameron is focusing on Franklin County Public Health practice-based research to identify and prevent environmental risk factors contributing to #foodborneillnesses. Because in the United States, over half of foodborne illness outbreaks can be attributed to food served by a restaurant. 
Through your #giftdonation, we can further support the funding of CFI student experiential learning opportunities and answer important food safety questions that matter to the public's health - your health! 

Strong Start For 2022 Giving Campaign

December 08, 2022

Our December 2022 Giving Campaign is already off to a superb start! So far, our campaign in honor of Kevin Kowalcyk’s 24th birthday (click here to read Kevin’s Story) has already raised $1,555!! We are excited and grateful to be more than 30% of the way to our $5,000 goal. 

Your donations help CFI engage students in a wide array of projects and academic research opportunities. Currently, we have 11 students involved in our work here at the center - four are pursuing doctorates in Food Science, two are working on their Master of Public Health, one is working on a dual degree in Master of Public Health and Food Science and four are undergraduates pursuing degrees in Food Science and Computer Science.

This year alone, we have been graced with APE students, graphic designers, volunteers, registered dietician nutritionists and PhD students who have gone on to successfully defend their dissertations! No matter their area of study, the students at CFI have all been moved to support, engage and contribute to the research & prevention of foodborne illness being done here; utilizing their individual talents and specializations to protect public health and help us establish a positive food safety culture that can be sustained locally, nationally and globally. 

We'll leave you all with this message from Graduate Research Associate and Ph.D. student, Harmeen Prasher: "As I have recently joined the CFI group, I didn't get much chance to interact with everyone but attending IAFP and working on our booth was a fun way to learn how to network with people and exercise soft skills to converse. CFI has given me the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists, directors from various industries and governments at IAFP. It was a knowledgeable experience to learn how we as Food Safety Researchers can make a difference in the lives of people by ensuring safe food for all."

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Kevin's Birthday

Kevin Kowalcyk should have celebrated his 24th birthday this year.


Foodborne Illnesses per year

Each year, there are an estimated 48 million foodborne illnesses per year in the United States.


Cost of Foodborne Illness

According to Ohio State researchers, foodborne illness costs an estimated $77.7 billion dollars per year in the United States.


Number of Hospitalizations

Each year, an estimated 128,000 Americans are hospitalized due to foodborne illness.


Number of deaths

The World Health Organization estimates that 420,000 people die each year globally from foodborne disease and 1/3 of these deaths occur in children.


Number of Illnesses

An estimated 600 million people are sickened globally each year by foodborne pathogens. Africa and South-east Asia carry most of the burden.

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