Food Safety

This topic page contains links to resources produced by grantees and partners of CDC’s Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch (WFEHSB).

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To explore our tools, training, and research to help you address environmental causes of foodborne illnesses, make sure to check out our EHS Food Safety resource page.

Tools & Guidance

Checklist for Schools When Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis Are SuspectedExternal (Minnesota Department of Health) – actions to perform after the initial identification of gastrointestinal illnesses in schools

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)External

Food Safety Fact Sheet Cdc-pdf[PDF – 261 KB] (National Association of Local Boards of Health, NALBOH) – fact sheet from NALBOH’s Environmental Health Primer

Foodborne Illness Manual and DatabaseExternal (Multnomah County Environmental Health Services) – integrated practice models to help programs quickly respond to foodborne illness complaints [developed with funding from the EHS capacity-building program]

Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD) (CDC National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases) – data on foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States, searchable by year, state, location, and pathogen

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Primers for State and Local GovernmentsExternal (Network for Public Health Law) – primers to help state and local governments better understand the responsibilities, opportunities and resources required and provided by FSMA

Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak ResponseExternal (Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response) – comprehensive information for individuals and organizations involved in foodborne disease


Bioterrorist Attack on FoodExternal (Northwest Center for Public Health Practice) – tabletop exercise to address agency-wide policies and issues

Certified Foodborne Outbreak Investigator (CFOI) CredentialExternal (National Environmental Health Association) – credential demonstrating ability to use environmental health principles and food safety knowledge in collaboration with outbreak response partners to assess foodborne illness risks, perform environmental assessments, identify contributing factors and antecedents, and implement control measures to prevent the spread of foodborne illness and protect the public

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)External

Introduction to Outbreak InvestigationExternal (Northwest Center for Public Health Practice) – online training module outlines specific steps to take in determining if you have an outbreak, how to communicate your findings to the public via the media, and more

Raw Chicken Training Materials for Restaurant OperatorsExternal (San Mateo Health Department, California) – multilingual training materials for restaurants on how to prevent campylobacter, developed by our EHS-Net grantee

Research & Publications

Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities by using Outbreak Data, United States, 1998–2008; EID Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1.4 MB] – information on prioritizing food safety commodities to evaluate foodborne illness and outbreaks

Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States – trends in food-related illness in the United States

National Assessment of Epidemiologic Capacity in Food Safety: Findings and RecommendationsCdc-pdfExternal (Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists) – report on the project to develop core competencies for foodborne outbreak and response by focusing on epidemiologic and laboratory capacity

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NYC Restaurant Inspection Results Smartphone ApplicationExternal (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) – NYC Health Department’s smartphone app with restaurant inspection grades; learn more about this EHS-Net grantee’s program in the September 2015 Journal of Environmental Health column Cdc-pdf[PDF – 633 KB] and this video presentation

Using Online Reviews by Restaurant Patrons to Identify Unreported Cases of Foodborne Illness — New York City, 2012–2013 – results of investigation of online reviews by restaurant patrons that referred to possible foodborne illness

General Information & Other Useful Links

CDC Food Safety

CDC Food Safety Vital Signs

EHS Food Safety resource page

FDA Foodsafety.govExternal

USDA Food Safety and Inspection ServiceExternal

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Page last reviewed: May 15, 2018