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CDC Food Safety: November-December 2013

CDC Food Safety: November-December 2013

CDC & Food Safety


New reports, publications, and web material

November - December 2013

Holiday buffet

Food safety never takes a holiday

Just before holiday food-fests were in full swing, CDC and guest foodies gathered for a Twitter chat on being "food safe and food smart."  And, we served up the number #1 chat at CDC… EVER.
With food safety and nutrition on the menu
  • Our audience extended 2,550 tweets--about twice the average rate of people potentially reached through CDC’s monthly chats.
We learned that there are many food myths out there.
  • Diverse participants—dairy and produce farmers, public health departments, media outlets, small and large companies, advocates, and individual consumers—swapped questions and expertise in real-time and in one virtual place.
People are eager to engage when food safety and nutrition are at the same party.
After the chat
The sharing continued with retweets, blogs, features, and more, including:
Thanks to everyone who participated!

Select CDC food safety publications

Live animals and bird markets show increase in Salmonella infections in US

Key CDC publications during November - December include:

New publication
E. coli 

Perlo, a food dish made with chicken, sausage, and rice
Photo of beef in grinder
Restaurants and food workers
Over half of all foodborne disease outbreaks reported to the CDC are associated with eating in restaurants or delicatessens. New Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) publications on restaurant food handling practices linked with foodborne illness provide findings for developing effective interventions and improving food safety in restaurants.
Safe and healthy
Because we work with food on a microscopic level, it’s really easy to forget the bigger picture of food safety in CDC’s overall work.

12192013 map showing case count of Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farm chickens


CDC tracked several multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness during November - December, including:
Listeria monocytogenes


  • Food Safety News reports on a partnership with CDC, FDA, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information to conduct whole genome sequencing of Listeria monocytogenes collected from reported human illness cases in the United States.
  • InFORM 2013 Conference (Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response and Management)--a combined meeting of PulseNet, OutbreakNet and EHS-Net--drew over 400 laboratorians, epidemiologists, and environmental health professionals from the US and 8 other countries. Participants represented federal, state and local public health, food and environmental regulatory agencies. Read more from APHL, including conference proceedings.

New web resources

  • New medscape video for clinicians by Division Director, Chris Braden, on the clinical impact of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella.
  • Check out the Holiday Food Safety Feature   providing helpful food safety tips for mothers-to-be.
Image of pregnant woman with bow around her belly.
Safety Tips for Handling and Preparing Common Foods
  • A new fact sheet about how to safely handle food in an easy to read—and remember—format.   
  • A new fact sheet about the Palantir System for Enteric Disease Response, Investigation, and Coordination (SEDRIC) explains what it is and how it assists CDC and others in investigating enteric disease outbreaks.

Solve the Outbreak image-3 outbreaks and 2x the fun

Solve the outbreak!

  •  Training for future Disease Detectives. If you haven’t heard, CDC released an iPad app earlier this year that allows players a fun way to learn about epidemiology by playing Disease Detectives. This app is available on the iPad with plans to expand to additional platforms.

Clean hands reduce the spread of diarrhea

  • CDC's newly launched handwashing site explains the benefits of clean hands to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness to stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.
  • Also, check out the infographic, Don’t Play Chicken With Your Health.
Don't Play Chicken with Your Health. Wash Your Hands After Touching Animals.

Upcoming Webinar: Progress toward Attribution of Foodborne Illness

Details on January 10, 2014 Webinar

Webinar: Are Outbreak Illnesses Representative of Sporadic Illnesses?

Friday, January 10, 2014, 2 PM to 3 PM ET
Join FDA, CDC, and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service as they discuss progress toward attributing foodborne illnesses to food sources and the most recent activities of their tri-agency partnership, Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC).

Presenters will share an analysis comparing the characteristics of illnesses associated with foodborne outbreaks with those that are not linked to outbreaks. 
The webinar is open to the public at no charge.
  • Register by January 6, 2014 to receive a confirmation email with  agenda and instructions on how to participate.
  • A recording of the webinar, second in the IFSAC webinar series, will be posted online after the event. Information on the first webinar is now available online.

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