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Event Title
Webinar on the Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan
April 13, 2022

April 13, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a webinar on the Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan that the agency released in early December 2021.

The webinar drew more than 1,600 registrants from 45 countries.

Deputy FDA Commissioner Frank Yiannas and FDA experts across agency’s human foods program were available to explain and answer questions about the plan with the goal of raising awareness, enhancing understanding, and building support. Stakeholders were welcome to provide their insights as well as ask questions.

This response improvement plan focuses on tech-enabled product traceback, root cause investigations, analysis and dissemination of outbreak data, and operational improvements. It is intended to work in concert with FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint, which outlines specific approaches the FDA will take over the next decade to address food safety in the rapidly changing food system.

The plan was also informed by an independent review of the FDA’s structural and functional capacity to support, participate in, or lead multistate foodborne illness outbreak investigation activities. You will hear more about that review in this webinar.

The speakers:

  • Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response
  • RADM David Goldman, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Food Policy and Response
  • Stic Harris, Director, FDA’s Coordinated Response and Evaluation Network (CORE)
  • CDR Kari Irvin, Deputy Director, CORE
  • Scott MacIntire, Program Director, Office of Human and Animal Food Operations - West
  • Craig Hedberg, University of Minnesota, author of “An Independent Review of FDA’s Foodborne Outbreak Response Processes”

Webinar Recording

Responses to Questions Submitted by the Public

There wasn’t enough time in the one-hour webinar to answer every question. Below are answers to additional questions submitted in advance by registrants or posed during the webinar. The answers have been provided by webinar panelists and other FDA experts on food safety.

Additional Information

FDA also has resources available on fda.gov that address the agency’s efforts to prevent and respond to outbreaks of foodborne illness. These include:



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