Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness

  • International Association for Food Protection

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ewen C. D. Todd
    Pages 1-164
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 165-167

About this book


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. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • International Association for Food Protection
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  1. 1.Des MoinesUSA

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