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 8, 2018
Salt Palace Convention Center | Salt Lake City, Utah

In conjunction with IAFP 2018

How to Join

Involvement in committees and professional development groups (PDGs) offers Members the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Members of committees and PDGs are the architects of the Association structure. They plan, develop and institute many of the Association's projects, including workshops, publications and educational sessions. Technical challenges facing the food safety industry are discussed, examined and debated. Members may volunteer to serve on any number of committees or PDGs that plan and implement activities to meet the Association's mission.

Special Committees provide support services to IAFP on a continuous basis. Individuals are recommended by the Chairperson, subject to the Executive Board's review. Membership appointments are for 2-year renewable terms. Requests for membership should be directed to the Chairperson.

Minutes

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.

Resources

Webinars

  • The Global Burden of Foodborne Disease - Results and perspectives of WHO’s Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG)

    The WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group is providing estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases, according to age, sex and region, for a defined list of causative agents of microbial, parasitic, and chemical origin, thereby strengthening the capacity of countries to assess the burden of foodborne disease and increasing awareness and commitment for the implementation of food safety standards. These estimates provide valuable information for food safety professionals.

    This webinar is sponsored by Wageningen University, Marcel Zwietering, Leon Gorris, Arie Havelaar and an anonymous MMRA PDG Member.

    Webinar Slides

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    Presenters

    • Arie Hendrik Havelaar Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida
    • Marcel Zwietering, Moderator Wageningen University