The CIFOR Industry Guidelines were developed as voluntary guidance for owners, operators, and managers of retail food establishments ("Industry") to help outline, clarify, and explain Industry's recommended role in a foodborne illness outbreak investigation.
The CIFOR Industry Guidelines provide step-by-step approaches to important aspects of outbreak response such as preparation, detection, investigation, control, and follow-up. The CIFOR Industry Guidelines also describe key information to assist Industry in understanding what to expect when first notified of potential illnesses and provides tools to help guide Industry through the process. Additionally, the CIFOR Industry Guidelines serve to provide Industry with a better understanding of how efforts to implement recommended and/or required safe food practices on a day-to-day basis can inform and support a foodborne outbreak investigation. By using the CIFOR Industry Guidelines and its tools, Industry can take an active and educated role in outbreak response and investigation thereby reducing negative health impact to the public and negative economic impact to their businesses.
July 2013/ CIFOR/ United States.