Committee on Control of Foodborne Illness

Mission Statement: Reviews information on epidemiology and control of communicable diseases of primary concern to food safety and related areas, and prepares manuals and articles addressing investigation and control of food safety-related problems.

Next Meeting

July 21, 2019
Kentucky International Convention Center | Louisville, Kentucky

In conjunction with IAFP 2019

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Minutes

2018 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommend the Board investigate means to fund specific Committee on Control of Foodborne Illness activities such as the survey.

    Board Response: Agree. Funding is available; the Committee can make specific recommendations for funding needs.

  2. Recommend the manuals be better advertised and promoted at international meetings as well as at the Annual Meeting.

    Board Response: Agree. Staff will continue to work with Springer to promote the Foodborne and Waterborne books.

  3. Comments from some state users indicate that the manuals would be more useful if they were interactive. For instance, they say that even the online versions are in pdf format and they have to be downloaded rather than fillable. This may be a Springer way of controlling downloadable purchases but not useful for those doing investigations. The Board can consider working with IT-savvy members who can review what can be done to make the manuals more interactive.

    Board Response: Agree. It seems you are requesting the forms be fillable. Staff will investigate this request.

  4. Because Committee on Control of Foodborne Illness meets all day at the Annual Meeting and it is difficult for PDG members to meet and discuss issues relating to foodborne illness at this particular meeting, one suggestion would be for PDG Chairs/Vice Chairs who have an interest in outbreak investigation, prevention, and control of foodborne illness related to their membership, exchange ideas for symposia, manuals, publications, etc., on a periodic basis throughout the year with the Chair/Vice Chair of the Committee on Control of Foodborne Illness.

    Board Response: Agree.

  5. Recommend a student from the Student PDG be assigned to work with the Committee on Control of Foodborne Illness during the year including at the Annual Meeting. Students rarely attend the Committee on Control of Foodborne Illness meetings.

    Board Response: Agree. Chair and Vice Chair should reach out to request student involvement in this Committee.

  6. Since attendance by Canadians at IAFP Annual Meetings is limited because it is considered foreign travel and membership has not grown, the Board should consider a regional Canadian food safety meeting, as is done for the rest of the world, such as in Winnipeg or Ottawa.

    Board Response: The Board will take this under consideration.

2017 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. CCFI recommends that an on-line survey of IAFP Members be conducted for risk taking in food safety including purchased food items, household kitchen hygiene, cooking and food storage. Behavioral scientists Ben Chapman and Christine Bruhn have agreed to assist in preparing this survey. The results will be presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting, and after input from members published in FPT. Support likely from Retail and Foodservice PDG and Food Safety Culture PDG.

    Board Response: The Board encourages the Committee to undertake this survey.

2016 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. We seek the Board’s input to have a late outbreak symposium at each Annual Meeting with flexibility with at least one speaker slot to be filled within weeks before the Meeting.

    Board Response: Agree. The Program Committee currently holds some session rooms open for possible, late-breaking topics.

  2. We recommend that Marilyn Lee receive an award for her leading role in the publication of the 3rd edition of the Waterborne manual.

    Board Response: Agree. Marilyn Lee and Ewen Todd were recognized for their efforts with re-writing the Procedures to Investigate Waterborne Illness by the President’s Recognition Award.

  3. We recommend a conference call in August with several members to discuss a symposium on root cause analysis. Board Response:

    Board Response: Agree. Committees and PDGs are welcome to contact the IAFP office anytime to schedule a teleconference.

2015 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. None.

2014 Board Response to Recommendations

  1. Recommendation: Because sales of the 6th edition of the Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness are low compared with previous editions (3000), and the electronic version has very few sales, the Board should dialog with Springer to lower the price of the electronic version since there are no associated publishing costs. In the past public health agencies would purchase large quantities for distribution to its employees. Higher costs of the manuals ($24 for public health agencies and members and $30 for nonmembers and industry) combined with lower operating budgets of agencies make this very difficult today. The main purpose of the manuals is to have wide global distribution to reduce foodborne and waterborne illness rather than make any profit (fits the vision of the Foundation). In addition, the Board in collaboration with Springer and CCFI should generate a more aggressive marketing campaign to alert potential clients of the manual and its value. It is critical to have a revised policy in place soon in order to attract potential buyers to the waterborne manual due to be published in 2015.

    Board Response: The current price structure for the “Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness” is economical for a book of this importance. IAFP will encourage the same, economical prices structure for the “Procedures to Investigate Waterborne Illness” when it becomes available.

  2. Recommendation: The Board should have the Procedures to Investigate Arthropod-borne and Rodent-borne Illness manual and the HACCP manual put into electronic format for editing purposes.

    Board Response: Staff will provide an electronic version of the Procedures to Investigate Arthropod-borne and Rodent-borne Illness manual. Additional discussion needs to take place before making an electronic version of the HACCP manual as that book is not approved for revision currently.

  3. Recommendation: The Board should consider the value of interactive eBooks/iBook format and work with appropriate PDGs to explore this option.

    Board Response: PDGs are encouraged to work in this arena.