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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, 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. 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

View example policies and forms used to meet the Retail Program Standards. These documents were shared by NACCHO Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program participants. More »

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 »

New CIFOR Publications

New! Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response
The Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response (CIFOR Guidelines) is now available. These guidelines incorporate many significant changes that have occurred in the foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigation framework since the first edition of the Guidelines was published in 2009. Examples of additions and changes include information about the Food Safety Modernization Act; new information about model practices in outbreak investigation and response; updated statistics, references and examples; and enhanced alignment between the Guidelines and the Toolkit. The Guidelines were developed by a broad range of foodborne disease experts from local, state and federal agencies to aid government agencies responsible for investigating, managing and preventing foodborne disease. Learn more.

New! Development of Target Ranges for Selected Performance Measures in the CIFOR Guidelines
Chapter 8 of the CIFOR Guidelines was developed for use by state and local public health agencies to evaluate the performance of their foodborne disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and control programs. Standardized performance criteria and metrics promote a common understanding of the key elements of surveillance, outbreak investigation, and control activities, facilitate training of staff, and allow for the aggregation of data to evaluate program effectiveness and identify specific needs for improvement. The aim of the metrics project was to develop specific metrics and target ranges for 16 selected performance indicators in Chapter 8 of the Guidelines to help agencies demonstrate their public health performance and effectiveness for foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak control activities. The project outputs include an abridged version of the 16 metric and target ranges and the full project report which describes the methodologies used to develop the 16 metric and target ranges. Learn more.

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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.

New Webinar: Legal Aspects of Raw Milk
NACCHO’s "Legal Aspects of Raw Milk" webinar provides a general overview of the raw milk regulations in the US, as well as a detailed account of recent raw milk regulations and outbreaks in Utah.

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