236535 CIFOR Guidelines to Improve Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response: A toolkit to improve outbreak investigations

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:35 AM

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 has been developed to introduce local foodborne disease response staff and teams to the Guidelines. The Toolkit will help public health and environmental health practitioners to identify current activities and procedures, needed improvements in those activities, and recommendations in the Guidelines that will address those needed improvements. 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 and selected recommendations and solicit their help in determining how to implement the Guidelines.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
identify methods to improve foodborne disease outbreak investigations. 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: My work on food safety and infectious disease issues at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists has prepared me to author this content and present on this topic. I have been a part of the development of this document as a participant in the CIFOR workgroup.
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.

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