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CIFOR Releases the Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response

Posted By Dhara Patel, Thursday, May 08, 2014
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The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of national associations comprised of state and local agencies representatives and federal public health agencies whose goal is to improve methods at the local, state, and federal levels to detect, investigate, control, and prevent foodborne disease outbreaks. These CIFOR member organizations represent epidemiology, environmental health, public health laboratories, and regulatory agencies involved in foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak response. CIFOR identifies barriers to rapid detection and response to foodborne disease outbreaks and develops projects that address these barriers. CSTE co-chairs the CIFOR Council. More information about CIFOR can be found at

CIFOR released the second edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response on April 25, 2014. The CIFOR Guidelines describe the overall approach to foodborne disease outbreaks, including preparation, detection, investigation, control and follow-up. These guidelines also describe the roles of all key organizations in foodborne disease outbreaks. The CIFOR 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.
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. If you and/or members of your organization/health department would like to request copies, please fill out this brief survey to request copies and provide an appropriate mailing address:
For more information on the CIFOR Guidelines, please contact Dhara Patel, MPH, at CSTE at (770) 458-3811or
Dhara Patel
Associate Research Analyst
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

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