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Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response

The CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response (CIFOR Guidelines) describe model practices for foodborne disease outbreaks, including preparation, detection, investigation, control and follow-up as well as the roles of key organizations in foodborne disease outbreaks. The Guidelines are a comprehensive source of information on foodborne disease investigation and control for local, state, territories, tribes, and federal health agencies.

The current third edition of the Guidelines incorporate significant changes in the foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigation framework since the second edition was published, including:

  • whole genome sequencing, advanced molecular detection and culture-independent diagnostic tests;
  • consumer complaint systems with pathogen-specific surveillance;
  • sub-cluster investigations and epidemiologic tracebacks;
  • environmental assessments;
  • after-action reviews;
  • coordinated inclusion of communications sections; and
  • elimination of CIFOR metrics and better referencing of existing program metrics.

The third edition of the CIFOR Guidelines are available in English and Spanish.

Visit CIFOR’s page to download the full guidelines.

CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response

CIFOR Guidelines Implementation Toolkit

The CIFOR Toolkit was developed to help implement the second edition of the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response, released in 2014. It is designed to help agencies identify which Guidelines work best for their jurisdictions.

The Toolkit is intended to help state and local health departments understand the Guidelines, conduct a self-assessment of their outbreak detection and investigation procedures, and implement appropriate recommendations from the second edition of the CIFOR Guidelines.

Visit the CIFOR website to learn more about the Toolkit and Guidelines.

CIFOR Toolkit

Last Updated: 04-30-2021