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CIFOR Toolkit

CIFOR is pleased to announce the release of the Second Edition of the Toolkit for the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response.

Second Edition ToolkitThe Second Edition of the Toolkit has been developed to aid in the implementation of the second edition of the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response, which was released in 2014. The Toolkit is intended to further the ability of state and local health departments to understand the contents of the Guidelines, to conduct a self-assessment of their outbreak detection and investigation procedures, and to implement appropriate recommendations from the nine chapters in the Guidelines.

The Toolkit walks public health practitioners through a series of worksheets divided into eleven "Focus Areas". The Focus Areas are designed to help jurisdictions identify recommendations from the Guidelines that would be most useful for their jurisdiction. The Toolkit covers the most critical elements of outbreak response, guiding users through a range of activities, including: describing current activities and procedures, prioritizing CIFOR Guidelines recommendations to address needed improvements, and finally, making plans to implement the selected recommendations.

CIFOR suggests that you begin with the Table of Contents and Document A, "Toolkit Overview", and proceed to Focus Areas 1-11. You are encouraged to fill out the Participant Evaluation Form and return it to CSTE by e-mail at

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

CIFOR Toolkit and Focus Areas:

Document 0 – CIFOR Toolkit Contents
Document AToolkit Overview
Document BToolkit User Instructions
Document CToolkit User Instructions (Facilitator Cheat Sheet)
Document D – Preliminaries Worksheet
Document E – Selecting Focus Areas Worksheet
Documents F1 – F11
      Focus Area 1 – Relationships
      Focus Area 2 – Necessary Resources
      Focus Area 3 – Communication
      Focus Area 4 – Complaint Systems
      Focus Area 5 – Pathogen-Specific Surveillance
      Focus Area 6 – Initial Steps
      Focus Area 7 – Epidemiology Investigation
      Focus Area 8 – Environmental Health Investigation
      Focus Area 9 – Laboratory Investigation
      Focus Area 10 – Control of Source and Secondary Spread
      Focus Area 11 – Food Recall
Document G – Sample Focus Area Worksheet
Document H – Uses of the Toolkit
Document IToolkit Tips for Facilitators
Document J – Participant Evaluation Form

If you and/or members of your organization/health department would like to request hard copies, please fill out this brief survey to request copies and provide an appropriate mailing address:

For more information, please contact Dhara Patel, MPH, at CSTE at (770) 458-3811 or