Emergency Management Resources

Complete Foodborne Illness Investigation Courses 

CTSE, in partnership with CDC, has created non-proprietary downloadable versions of student and instructor materials that can be used to present all or part of a two day Epi-Ready workshop. Modules with training materials in Word or Powerpoint format are available for the following topics: Foodborne Diseases and Outbreaks, Surveillance and Outbreak Detection, Preliminary Investigation of an Outbreak, Environmental Health Investigation, Epidemiologic Investigation, Laboratory Investigation, Multijurisdictional Outbreaks, Communications among Team Members, and Burden of Foodborne Diseases.  

 

Selected Topics For Local and State Food and Feed Regulatory Officials 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Development and pilot testing of the materials was partially supported by a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Suggested Method of Training Delivery: The materials in this section were designed to be used by experienced staff to provide single or multi-agency one day face-to-face training sessions covering core tasks in the identified topic areas.  

Intended Participants: Field investigation team members from one or multiple agencies with 1-4 years of experience (journeyman level) who may not regularly perform these types of activities.  Disciplines may include agriculture, food, feed, dairy, environmental health specialists, and other regulatory officials.

Click on the resource title to review the course materials online or you may download a Zip file containing a complete bundle of each set of training materials.  We recommend starting your review with the “Read Me First” document.

You may download Zip files of each course, or review the course materials online by clicking on the course title.

  Food Regulator Training - Environmental Assessment and Sampling

These materials provide a basic overview of environmental assessment investigations and related sampling during foodborne illness outbreak investigations.

Zip File

  Food Regulator Training - Traceback and Recall - Full

These materials cover the basic tasks of traceback investigations while also reviewing basic recall procedures.

Zip File

   Foundational Tasks for Foodborne Outbreak Response

These materials focus primarily on basic foodborne illness surveillance and interviewing tasks conducted during multi-disciplinary and multi-agency responses with primary focus on tasks typically conducted by local health department (LHD) staff.

Zip File

Routine Multijurisdictional Foodborne Outbreaks

These materials were designed to provide interactive scenario-based training sessions that prepares staff to work more effectively together during multi-agency foodborne illness outbreak investigations. The primary focus is on tasks typically conducted by local health department (LHD) staff in coordination with state and federal response partners. It does not focus on the Incident Command System (ICS). 

Zip File

Non-routine Multijurisdictional Exercise

These materials were designed to provide an interactive scenario-based training sessions that prepare agency responders to work more effectively together during non-routine multi-jurisdictional foodborne illness outbreak investigations. The primary focus is on tasks typically conducted by local health department (LHD) staff in coordination with state and federal response partners including use of Incident Command System (ICS). 

Zip File