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Food Safety Program

Foodborne illness in the United States is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cause 48 million cases of illnesses, more than 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually. Hospitalizations due to foodborne illnesses are estimated to cost more than $3 billion dollars and lost productivity is estimated to cost between $20 billion and $40 billion each year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that foodborne illnesses are costing the United States economy more than $15.6 billion annually. NACCHO strives to support and work with local health departments to improve food safety and prevent foodborne illness. Click here to learn more about NACCHO's Food Safety Project.

In the Spotlight
NACCHO Food Safety Technical Assistance – Now Accepting Applications

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce the launch of its new food safety technical assistance program. The program will help local health departments address challenges, barriers and emerging issues related to food safety. NACCHO can provide technical assistance on include the Food and Drug Administration's Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program, foodborne disease outbreak response, retail food establishment scoring and grading systems, food trucks, the cottage food industry, food allergens, and other topics as specified by applicants. Applications are open from November 2 to December 18. Health departments will be selected based on need. All applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of December 2015. Selected health departments will be asked to participate in a brief consultation phone call with NACCHO to determine needs and next steps. All recipients of technical assistance will be asked to complete a post-assessment and evaluation of the program. 

To apply, please fill out this brief online application form at

If you have any questions or need assistance completing this form, please contact our Food Safety staff at or 202-507-4221.

New CIFOR Products
Revised CIFOR Toolkit

The Second Edition of the CIFOR Toolkit for the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response is now available. The Second Edition of the Toolkit has been developed to aid in the implementation of the second edition of the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response, which was released in 2014. The Toolkit is intended to further the ability of state and local health departments to understand the contents of the Guidelines, to conduct a self-assessment of their outbreak detection and investigation procedures, and to implement appropriate recommendations from the nine chapters in the Guidelines.

The Toolkit walks public health practitioners through a series of worksheets divided into eleven "Focus Areas". The Focus Areas are designed to help jurisdictions identify recommendations from the Guidelines that would be most useful for their jurisdiction. The Toolkit covers the most critical elements of outbreak response, guiding users through a range of activities, including: describing current activities and procedures, prioritizing CIFOR Guidelines recommendations to address needed improvements, and finally, making plans to implement the selected recommendations.

CIFOR Guidelines and Toolkit Implementation Webinar Series:

Two upcoming webinars, one for managers and directors of local and state environmental and public health departments (the decision makers) and one for public health professionals responsible for the investigation and control of foodborne diseases and outbreaks (the worker bees), will describe the CIFOR Guidelines, Toolkit, and other available resources to improve foodborne disease outbreak response. Learn more at

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NACCHO Toolbox

The NACCHO Food Safety toolkit is a free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community. Tools within the toolkit are materials and resources public health professionals and other external stakeholders can use to inform and improve their work in the promotion and advancement of food safety objectives. Current examples of tools include, but are not limited to case examples, presentations, fact sheets, drills, evaluations, protocols, templates, reports, and training materials. More »

Join NACCHO's Food Safety Leaders' List

Are you a leader or champion for food safety? NACCHO is recruiting local health department staff interested in receiving emails on food safety news, policy updates, events, and call to action items. As a subscriber to the Food Safety Leaders' List, you will have the opportunity to provide input on NACCHO's food safety positions and advocacy efforts that helps shape policy across the nation at local health departments. To subscribe, please email with your email address, name, organization/agency, and position.