DENVER -

The CDC has named Colorado as one of five Food Safety Centers of Excellence in the nation.

Colorado was selected through a competitive selection process, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. For this first year, Colorado has been awarded $200,000 to advance this work in food safety.

The other states are Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee and Florida.

The Food Safety Centers of Excellence were created as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The goal of the centers is to create partnerships between state health departments, schools of public health and agriculture schools to improve foodborne illness outbreak surveillance and investigations.