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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
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CSTE announced the availability of training grants for implementation of the Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response and the CIFOR Toolkit.

The purpose of the development of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response and CIFOR Toolkit is to improve public health foodborne disease outbreak detection and response. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide support to interested state, territorial and large urban health departments to provide a training workshop(s) using the Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines and CIFOR Toolkit with the aim of integrating recommendations from the Guidelines into the activities of their departments.

The Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response describes 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 outbreaks.

The Second Edition of the CIFOR Toolkit was developed to aid in the implementation of the Guidelines. 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.

To encourage and facilitate the use of the Toolkit, small sub-grants will be awarded to states, territories, and large cities/counties to bring foodborne disease outbreak investigation teams together. During the trainings, these teams will use the Toolkit to begin to determine which recommendations in the Guidelines would be helpful for that jurisdiction to improve foodborne disease outbreak investigation and response.

To view the full details of this funding opportunity, please review the RFP announcement. All eligible applicants are encouraged to submit an application to CSTE at foodsafety@cste.org by 5:00 pm Eastern on January 29, 2016. Award recipients will be notified no later than February 22, 2016.

To learn more about CIFOR, please visit www.cifor.us. To view the webinar recordings and presentation slides from the CIFOR Guidelines and Toolkit Implementation Webinar Series, please visit the CSTE Webinar Library.

For further assistance, technical questions, or inquiries about the application, please email foodsafety@cste.org.

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NACCHO Toolbox
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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 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 www.cifor.us.

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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 foodsafetyinfo@naccho.org with your email address, name, organization/agency, and position.