Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness is designed to guide public health personnel or teams in any country that investigates reports of alleged foodborne illnesses. The manual is based on epidemiologic principles and investigative techniques that have been found effective in determining causal factors of disease incidence. The guidelines are presented in the sequence usually followed during investigations and are organized so that an investigator can easily find the information needed in any phase of an investigation. Included are descriptions of the following procedures:
Plan, prepare, investigate and respond to intentional contamination of food
Handle illness alerts and food-related complaints that may be related to illness
Interview ill persons, those at risk, and controls
Develop a case definition
Collect and ship specimens and food samples
Conduct hazard analysis (environmental assessments) at sites where foods responsible for outbreaks were produced, processed, or prepared
Trace sources of contamination
Identify factors responsible for contamination, survival of pathogenic microorganisms or toxic substances, and/or propagation of pathogens
Collate and interpret collected data
Report information about the outbreak
This edition also contains extensively updated and more user-friendly keys to assist investigators in identifying the contributing factors that may lead to the contamination, proliferation or survival of agents of foodborne disease.
About the Author
The International Association for Food Protection is a non-profit association of food safety professionals. Dedicated to the life-long educational needs of its Members, IAFP provides Members with an information network through its two scientific journals (Food Protection Trends and Journal of Food Protection), its educational Annual Meeting, international meetings and symposia along with international interaction between food safety professionals.