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Epidemiology

Development of a Quantitative Food Supply Vulnerability Tool Exploring Public Health Risks

Principal Investigator: 
Emma Hartnett
The FSMA (2011) Section 106 requires that a vulnerability assessment of the food system be conducted, including biological, chemical, radiological, or other risk assessments. While defining vulnerability, DHS (2010) noted that a practical measure is the "likelihood that an attack is successful...

Characterizing the Potential Use of Consumer Complaints Surveillance for the Early Detection of Foodborne Illness Events

Principal Investigator: 
Craig Hedberg
Rapid detection of foodborne illness events remains a challenging activity that has important implications for response and recovery efforts. The recent large scale outbreaks involving a myriad of food items such as peanuts, peanut butter, tomatoes, and peppers, illustrate of the challenges of...

Modeling the Public Health System Response to a Terrorist Event

Principal Investigator: 
Don Schaffner
The objective of this project was to conduct simulation modeling of the public health system, specifically focusing on the detection of deliberate food contamination events by the public health system, and the response of that system to such events. The simulation model can be used to evaluate the...

Public Health Investigation of Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks

Principal Investigator: 
Craig Hedberg
Purpose: These CIFOR multi-jurisdictional guidelines are intended to help improve communication and coordination between agencies investigating multi-jurisdictional outbreaks at all levels of governmental organization. The guidelines are proposed to help agencies identify multijurisdictional...

FoodSHIELD

Principal Investigator: 
Craig Hedberg
FoodSHIELD (http://www.foodshield.org/) is a Web-based platform designed to facilitate communication and coordination among the various food and agricultural sector laboratories and regulatory agencies. Two comprehensive databases are being developed to support FoodShield: Food&AgDIR, which...
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