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The Guidelines for
Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response, released in 2009, is a reference
document that complements existing procedures to update agency-specific
policies, to identify gaps, and to target training of program staff. The
document is intended to aid government agencies responsible for investigating,
managing, and preventing foodborne disease. This Toolkit has been developed to
aid in the implementation of the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak
Response at the state and local levels. The Toolkit is intended to further
the ability of states and cities to understand the contents of the Guidelines
and to implement appropriate recommendations from the nine chapters in the
The Toolkit walks public health practitioners through a series of worksheets
designed to help jurisdictions identify which recommendations from the
Guidelines would be most useful for their jurisdiction. The worksheets
divide the Guidelines into twelve focus areas, which cover the most
critical elements of outbreak response that are likely to be common to most
jurisdictions and most outbreaks. The Toolkit guides users through a range of
activities, from describing current activities and procedures, to prioritizing
CIFOR Guidelines recommendations to address needed improvements, and
finally, making plans to implement the selected recommendations.
CIFOR suggests that you begin with the Table of Contents and Document A,
"Toolkit Overview", and proceed through the Toolkit to Focus Areas 1 through 12.