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Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response

The Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response describe the overall approach to foodborne disease outbreaks, including preparation, detection, investigation, control and follow-up. The Guidelines also describe the roles of all key organizations in foodborne disease outbreaks. The Guidelines are targeted at local, state and federal agencies that are responsible for preventing and managing foodborne disease.

The CIFOR Guidelines Workgroup led the development of these guidelines. The workgroup included representatives from local, state and federal agencies with expertise in epidemiology, environmental health and laboratory science. The workgroup reviewed existing guidelines and peer-reviewed publications to identify typical and emerging new practices in foodborne disease outbreak response. Technical experts from a number of foodborne disease programs around the country, as well as a variety of federal agencies, were also interviewed to identify practices that may not have reached the literature. A public review and comment process on the draft Guidelines was implemented in the summer of 2008.

While the document will serve as a comprehensive source of information for individuals and organizations involved in foodborne disease investigation and control, the Guidelines are not intended to replace existing procedure manuals. Instead, they are to be used as a reference document for comparison with existing procedures, for filling in gaps and updating agency-specific procedures, for creating new procedures where they do not exist, and for targeting training of program staff.

Chapters in the Guidelines include:

 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius commended the release of the Guidelines.

 NACCHO and CSTE Announce the Release of theGuidelines

For more information on the CIFOR Guidelines, visit the CSTE and NACCHO webpages.

For more information on the CIFOR Guideline Project, please contact Dhara Patel, MPH, at CSTE at (770) 458-3811 or