218112 2009 CIFOR Guidelines to Improve Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response: A toolkit to improve outbreak investigations

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Jeanette Stehr-Green, MD, MPH , CSTE Consultant, Port Angeles, WA
Lauren D. Rosenberg, MPA , Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Atlanta, GA
To improve the investigation and control of foodborne disease outbreaks, the multidisciplinary Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) released consensus guidelines in 2009. The guidelines describe critical elements of local and state food safety programs in public health, environmental health, and agriculture agencies. The guidelines also outline model practices on preparing for, detecting, and controlling foodborne disease outbreaks. Because of resource limitations, competing priorities, and conflicts with existing procedures, the CIFOR Guidelines might be difficult to implement locally. To facilitate implementation, a toolkit is being developed to introduce local foodborne disease response staff and teams to the guidelines. The toolkit will help public health and environmental health practitioners to better understand the guidelines and associated recommendations; examine current local foodborne disease surveillance, investigation, and control activities and identify problem areas; identify activities recommended in the guidelines that will help overcome problem areas; and prioritize recommended activities for implementation based on staff time, expertise, and other resources.

In this presentation participants will be walked through the toolkit components and discuss how they might be used to improve foodborne disease outbreak response locally. The presenter will outline ways to engage participants to gain consensus on the need to implement the guidelines (or selected recommendations) and solicit their help in determining how to implement the guidelines.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Participants will receive the toolkit that accompanies the Guidelines to Improve Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response, which will help them identify methods to improve foodborne disease outbreak investigations. Participants will be able to evaluate the recommendations in the Guidelines and decide which are appropriate to implement in their local or state health departments.

Keywords: Food Safety, Outbreaks

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Through my work with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response, I am involved with infectious disease epidemiology, primarily food safety.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.