Foodborne Outbreak Response Team

Team Lead: Laura Gieraltowski, PhD, MPH

Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch - Outbreak Response Team meeting

CDC’s Foodborne Outbreak Response Team (FORT) works to ensure rapid, coordinated detection and response to multistate foodborne outbreaks of enteric diseases and to promote comprehensive outbreak surveillance and investigation. FORT seeks to improve the collaboration and partnership among officials in local, state, and federal agencies who detect and respond to foodborne enteric disease outbreaks.

In 2017, CDC monitored between 18 and 37 potential food poisoning or related clusters each week, and investigated nearly 200 multistate clusters. These investigations identified confirmed or suspected vehicles of transmission. They also led to recalls of foods including soy nut butter, soft raw milk cheeses, and imported papayas.

The Foodborne Outbreak Response Team: