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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. Click here to learn more.

Evaluation of the CIFOR Guidelines and Toolkit
In summer and fall 2012, CIFOR will complete an evaluation of the CIFOR Guidelines and Toolkit that will assess whether the documents are helping to achieve the goals of aiding government agencies responsible for prevention and management of foodborne disease outbreaks and standardization of foodborne disease investigations across agencies. The evaluation will gauge CIFOR's efforts to improve outbreak response through the Guidelines and Toolkit. The evaluation will include, but is not limited to, a quantitative questionnaire of the distribution and use of the CIFOR Guidelines and Toolkit and key informant interviews.

For more information about the CIFOR law project, please contact Dhara Patel, MPH, at CSTE at (770) 458-3811 or dpatel@cste.org.

Updating the CIFOR Guidelines
The CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response, released in 2009,and the CIFOR Toolkit, released in 2011, were developed to improve public health foodborne disease outbreak detection and response. As the CIFOR Guidelines have been used by food safety programs across the country for nearly 3 years, CIFOR has begun a revision process to make any content revisions or additions needed to keep the document current. The process to update the Guidelines will include several components, including review by technical experts and work by the lead author, chapter authors, and other subject matter experts to determine what revisions need to be made. The revisions will be aligned with results from a separate project to evaluate the distribution and uptake of the Guidelines and Toolkit.


Archived Webinar: Food for Thought and Action: Implementing the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response
This webinar has been designed for senior public health and environmental health officials at the state and local level who are responsible for supervising staff involved in foodborne disease surveillance, investigation, and control in their agencies. Click here to view the archived webinar.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other CIFOR members have provided a mechanism for food safety leaders to comment on the implementation of the Guidelines. Click Here to provide your feedback on the implementation of the Guidelines. 

For more information on the CIFOR Guidelines, visit the CSTE and NACCHO webpages. For more information on the CIFOR Guidelines Project, please contact Dhara Patel, MPH, at CSTE at (770) 458-3811 or dpatel@cste.org.