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Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak ResponseSecond Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response
The Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response (CIFOR Guidelines) 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.

These guidelines incorporate many significant changes that have occurred in the foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigation framework since the first edition of the Guidelines was published in 2009. Examples of additions and changes include information about the Food Safety Modernization Act; new information about model practices in outbreak investigation and response; updated statistics, references and examples; and enhanced alignment between the Guidelines and the Toolkit. Download a summary of changes to the Guidelines.

While the publication serves 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.

View and download the full Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines. Individual chapters include:

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