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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 Guidelines.
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