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Food for Thought and Action: Implementing the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response

This webinar, orginally aired on February 4, 2010 was designed for senior public health and environmental health officials at the state and local levels who are responsible for supervising staff involved in foodborne disease surveillance, investigation, and control activities or are responsible for securing and designating resources for these activities. Participants learned how their agencies can take steps to initiate local implementation of the CIFOR Guidelines. Future webinars and materials will target staff and agency teams who carry out foodborne disease related activities.

The webinar lasts approximately 1 hour. You can receive continuing education credits for viewing the archived webinar, including CMEs, CNEs, CEUs, and CECHs. After viewing the webinar, go to CDC's Training and Continuing Education Online System. If you have not used this system before, you will need to login as a new participant and create a participant profile. You can then register to receive continuing education credit for the webinar. The course number is WD1541.

In the archived webinar, you cannot submit questions to the panel or complete the survey. If you have questions  about the webinar, please contact Dhara Patel, MPH, at CSTE at (770) 458-3811 or To download a PDF of the slides and script, click here.




Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response

CIFOR has developed consensus guidelines for foodborne disease outbreak detection and response. The 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.

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.


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

For more information on the CIFOR Guidelines Project, please contact Lauren Rosenberg at