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The Multnomah County Foodborne Illness Investigation
(FBI) Manual was developed jointly with an FBI tracking database, and describes
how Multnomah County Health Department will investigate and respond to
foodborne illness complaints within its jurisdiction. These procedures were
developed collaboratively across departments and across agencies with technical
support from the FDA Regional Specialist in order to make FBI complaint
follow-up more efficient and effective in preventing disease transmission.
Implementation of the model was launched by conducting a FBI tabletop exercise
that included MCEH, Multnomah County Communicable Disease, Oregon Health
Services, and the Department of Agriculture. This was facilitated by the FDA
Regional Specialist. The International Association for Food Protection is
revising their FBI investigation manual to model the MCEH format. The manual
has now been in practice at Multnomah County for over five years and has proven
to be a valuable tool in the investigation of and protection from foodborne
illness outbreaks. Many of the manual's materials, forms and guidance policies
are easily adjustable and transferable to fit the needs of local health and
food safety jurisdictions across the nation.