The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response
Description of Resource:
These guidelines were developed to aid government agencies responsible for preventing and managing foodborne disease. They focus on local and state agencies that investigate most of the outbreaks, including public health, environmental health, agriculture, and other agencies responsible for food safety. However, they also support the federal agencies critical to the food-safety infrastructure. This resource should be considered a community intervention and public health guide. The guidelines describe the overall approach to investigating outbreaks of foodborne diseases, including preparation, detection, investigation, control, and follow-up. They also describe the roles of organizations, provide recommendations to improve communications and coordination, and identify indicators that can be used to gauge performance. The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response considers these guidelines a consensus document that captures best practices and identifies emerging new practices in outbreak response to foodborne diseases.