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The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) is a multidisciplinary working group convened to increase collaboration across the country and across relevant areas of expertise in order to reduce the burden of foodborne illness in the United States. The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) co-chair CIFOR with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness affects one in six Americans annually. Of the estimated 48 million who become sick from a foodborne illness each year, 128,000 thousand people are hospitalized and 3,000 individuals die. Many organizations are involved in efforts to mitigate the effects of these illnesses on public health. Outbreak identification and investigation is one of the key areas where multidisciplinary public health professionals must collaborate. CIFOR was created to develop and share guidelines, processes, and products that will facilitate good foodborne outbreak response.

In the Spotlight:

Second Edition ToolkitCIFOR Guidelines and Toolkit Implementation Webinar Series
Two upcoming webinars, one for managers and directors of local and state environmental and public health departments (the decision makers) and one for public health professionals responsible for the investigation and control of foodborne diseases and outbreaks (the worker bees), will describe the CIFOR Guidelines, Toolkit, and other available resources to improve foodborne disease outbreak response.

  • CIFOR Guidelines and Toolkit Implementation Webinar for Decision Makers
    Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 3:00pm Eastern

    The first webinar will be for decision makers including state and local health department directors and program managers. It will cover the burden of foodborne diseases in the U.S., the impact a large outbreak can have on a jurisdiction, and resources that can help improve foodborne outbreak prevention and control efforts (to minimize the impact of foodborne diseases on a jurisdiction). The goal of this webinar will be to motivate decision makers to designate resources to improve foodborne disease outbreak response in their jurisdiction and introduce them to resources that can help them be more successful. Registration Now

  • CIFOR Guidelines and Toolkit Implementation Webinar for Public Health Professionals
    Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern

    The second webinar will be for public health professionals at the state and local level who are directly involved in foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak detection, investigation, and control. The target audience includes epidemiologists, environmental health specialists and sanitarians, laboratorians, public health nurses, and public health educators. This webinar will help these audiences become more familiar with the CIFOR Guidelines, the CIFOR Toolkit process and materials, and experiences of other health departments in using these resources. The goal will be for audience members to be able to initiate and carry out actions to improve foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak detection and investigation in their jurisdictions. Registration Now

Both webinars will be recorded and archived on the CIFOR website for future viewing.

For more information, please contact Dhara Shah at CSTE at or 770-458-3811.

Featured Clearinghouse Tools:

CIFOR Toolkit Focus Area 11: Food Recall

The CIFOR Toolkit Focus Area 11: Food Recall worksheet comes from the toolkit for the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response. The worksheet assists agencies/jurisdictions to ensure that the food implicated in an outbreak is removed from the market, retail establishments, and the homes of consumers as quickly as possible. Learn more.


This project was supported under Cooperative Agreement# U60HM000803 between the Association of Public Health Laboratories and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the developers and do not necessarily represent the official views of APHL or CDC.