• NASDA Food Emergency Response Template
    The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in collaboration with several federal agencies and private sector partners developed the NASDA Food Emergency Response Template updated in January 2011.  The template is designed to be used by states and their partners to develop a state food emergency response plan in an effort to develop a seamless system of food defense between local, state and federal jurisdictions.
  • CDC Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD Tool)
    CDC developed this web-based platform for searching CDC’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System database. It’s designed to allow the public direct access to information on foodborne outbreaks reported to CDC since 1998. Users can search by state, food, or germ. The tool displays data on interactive maps, graphs and charts. Tool has been updated with 2016 data
  • CIFOR Toolkit Third Edition

    The Third Edition of the Toolkit was developed to help implement the third edition of the  Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response, released in 2020. It contains worksheets and keys to success designed to help agencies identify which recommendations work best for their jurisdictions. The Toolkit is intended to:

    • help state and local health departments understand the Guidelines,
    • conduct a self-assessment of their outbreak detection and investigation procedures,
    • implement appropriate recommendations from the second edition of the CIFOR  Guidelines.
  • CIFOR Foodborne Illness Response Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Managers of Food Establishments

    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 document provides step-by-step approaches to important aspects of outbreak response such as preparation, detection, investigation, control, and follow-up. 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.

  • Best Practices

    Food Protection best practices document has been posted to the AFDO Food Protection Program Portal!



  • The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law encompasses multi-disciplinary research, service, and education opportunities.
  • The Consumer Federation of America (CFA)is an association of non-profit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education.
  • Stop Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne pathogens.  Promoting sound food safety policy and best practices. Building public awareness.  Assisting those impacted by foodborne illness.
  • The Pew Charitable Trustsis driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.
  • Feeding America – The Feeding America network of food banks serves 46 million people each year. We have to be sure that food we feed children, seniors and families facing hunger is not only filling and healthy, but also safe.