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CIFOR Releases 2nd Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines Toolkit for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response

Posted By Dhara Patel, Thursday, May 21, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of eight national associations and three 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. The food industry is represented in the CIFOR Industry Workgroup. CIFOR identifies barriers to rapid detection and response to foodborne disease outbreaks and develops projects that address these barriers. More information about CIFOR can be found at www.cifor.us.

CIFOR released the Second Edition of the Toolkit for the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response on April 16, 2015. The 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 11 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.

Figure 1: Outbreak Response Tracks and Focus Areas
View and download the full Second Edition of the Toolkit for the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response. If you and/or members of your organization or health department would like to request hard copies, please fill out this brief survey and provide an appropriate mailing address: https://www.research.net/s/QXKVPDH.

Dhara Patel, MPH is a senior research analyst at CSTE, leading infectious disease, food safety, preparedness, and more. For more information, please contact Dhara Patel, MPH, at CSTE at (770) 458-3811 or dpatel@cste.org. Please join the CSTE Food Safety Subcommittee to join the discussion and receive related updates and news.

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