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EHS-Net designed the Consumer Foodborne Illness Complaint Form [PDF - 104 KB] to capture information from consumers about their foodborne illness complaints. State and local environmental health specialists working in food safety programs designed the form to collect information to help them determine whether a complaint should be investigated as potentially linked to a foodborne illness outbreak.
The form includes questions about the consumer’s illness, medical visits, suspected meal, food history, other possible exposures (e.g., travel), and other potentially ill people.
EHSNIS supports the data collection activities of EHS-Net in the area of foodborne and waterborne illness outbreak prevention. EHSNIS is also available for use by government agencies and nonprofit organizations to support their data collection needs relating to environmental health.
NEARS supports identification of factors that can be routinely monitored by food-safety programs to prevent or reduce the risk for foodborne illness outbreaks associated with food-service establishments.
e-Learning training on how to use a systems approach in foodborne-illness-outbreak environmental assessments. Participants learn how to investigate foodborne illness outbreaks, identify contributing and underlying factors, and recommend appropriate control measures.
A 2006 EHS-Net study found that restaurants with managers certified in food safety are less likely to be involved in foodborne disease outbreaks than were restaurants without managers certified in food safety. In a letter to the Conference for Food Protection, CDC endorsed certification of food safety kitchen managers.
A 2010 Webcast from the Food and Drug Administration on using employee health and personal hygiene measures includes CDC’s Dr. Laura Brown discussing data collection on foodborne illness outbreaks. The Webcast helps educate state and local health inspectors, food industry employees, consumers, and others about ways to improve health and hygiene in a retail and food service setting.
Printable study tools for all EHS-Net food research multisite studies are available in packages of study protocols, data collection instruments, and data collection instructions.
Printable EHS-Net fact sheets on EHS-Net and EHS-Net food research multisite study findings and recommendations in plain language.Top of Page
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- Page last updated: April 1, 2016
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