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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
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.