"The founders of the Food Research Institute visualized an independent, academically based organization of high technical competence to whom industry could turn for unbiased information on questions of food safety." —E. M. Foster, FRI Director, 1966–1986
The Food Research Institute, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison operates its own laboratories and administers its own research and service programs. Our mission is to catalyze multidisciplinary and collaborative research on microbial foodborne pathogens and toxins and to provide training, outreach, and service to enhance the safety of the food supply.
To fulfill this mission FRI engages in the following food safety activities: