Tools and Strategies for Successful Foodborne Outbreak Investigations

Tuesday, August 2, 2016: 5:15 PM-6:45 PM
222 (America's Center - St. Louis)
Sponsored By:
Primary Contact: Vivian Chen
Organizer: Vivian Chen
Convenor: Vivian Chen
Applied Epidemiology Staff in FSIS is responsible for coordinating foodborne outbreak investigations impacting the meat, poultry and egg supply. This panel discussion will provide a review of FSIS outbreak investigation tools and examine various epidemiologic sources available to support a recall. The science and data behind FSIS investigations rely heavily on state reporting, internal investigations, industry data and laboratory confirmations. Whole Genome Sequencing creates new insights to the manner in which investigations are conducted and information interpreted. Working collaboratively with Federal partners, industry and state officials enables successful outcomes. This session will review/discuss both the legal and scientific processes that are required to successfully conduct a recall investigation and provide an opportunity for partners/stakeholders to respond. The session also will highlight the importance of working with industry and collaborating with federal, state, and local governments, to help gather the information needed to effectively identify the source of contamination, eliminate the root cause, and prevent future illnesses.


5:15 PM
FSIS Investigation Process
Kis Robertson Hale, U.S. Department of Agriculture - FSIS
5:45 PM
The FDA Investigative Process
Kathleen Gensheimer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
6:00 PM
State Health Official Use of CIFOR Investigation Tool
David Nicholas, New York State Department of Health
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
Lessons Learned from a Recent Outbreak
Craig Wilson, Costco Wholesale
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