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, over 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually. Hospitalizations due to foodborne illnesses are estimated to cost over $3 billion dollars and lost productivity is estimated to cost between $20 billion and $40 billion each year. 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
The CDC has launched a feature on the trends in foodborne illness in the United States in 2012. The feature includes information on how the CDC and partners track foodborne illness trends in the U.S using the Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet). Overall, the 2012 FoodNet data showed a lack of recent progress in reducing foodborne illnesses and highlights the need for increased and improved
Food Safety Opportunities and Announcements
CIFOR Law Project
New CIFOR documents help public health agencies improve legal preparedness for foodborne disease detection and outbreak response.
New Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) documents give tools to public health agencies and jurisdictions to improve their legal preparedness to conduct surveillance for foodborne diseases and respond to outbreaks. These documents provide guidance for outbreaks both within agencies' jurisdictions and across multiple states and other jurisdictional boundaries. There are three documents, each of which designed to address a discrete but related research need and audience: Analysis of State Legal Authorities, Practitioners' Handbook on Legal Authorities, and Menu of Legal Options.