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The Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response describe
the overall approach to foodborne disease outbreaks, including
preparation, detection, investigation, control and follow-up. The Guidelines also describe the roles of all key organizations in foodborne disease outbreaks. The Guidelines are targeted at local, state and federal agencies that are responsible for preventing and managing foodborne disease.
The CIFOR Guidelines Workgroup led the
development of these guidelines. The workgroup included representatives
from local, state and federal agencies with expertise in epidemiology,
environmental health and laboratory science. The workgroup reviewed
existing guidelines and peer-reviewed publications to identify typical
and emerging new practices in foodborne disease outbreak response.
Technical experts from a number of foodborne disease programs around the
country, as well as a variety of federal agencies, were also
interviewed to identify practices that may not have reached the
literature. A public review and comment process on the draft Guidelines was implemented in the summer of 2008.
While the document will serve 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.