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Association of Food and Drug Officials


Resolution 6

Submitted by: Claudia Coles and David Read

Date: June 18, 2011

Concerning: State and Local Agencies Participation in FDA Hot Washes and After Action Reports

Whereas, the investigation of multijurisdictional foodborne illness outbreaks or environmental investigations, recalls, Reportable Food Registry Reports and all hazard emergency responses, such as a the recent Gulf Oil Spill and the nuclear incident in Japan involves federal, state, and local jurisdictions collaboratively working together to quickly identify and resolve food safety issues, and

Whereas, the investigation and response to these incidents requires frequent communication and close cooperation, coordination, and collaboration of federal, state, and local agencies involved to quickly identify the implicated food products, and

Whereas, effective communication is a critical component of single and multi-agency incident response and investigation, and

Whereas, multijurisdictional food safety incidents require a multijurisdictional response to assess, control or prevent exposure risks and collaboration to develop and issue a united public message to educate and inform the industry and consumers, and

Whereas, holding after action meetings and conference calls or hot washes with the federal, state, and local participants, including industry as applicable, in multijurisdictional incidents is critical to identify gaps in the response and corrective actions, lessons learned, provide updates on the findings, conclusions and actions taken, and to document the actions taken in the After Action Report, and

Whereas, the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) recommends organizations involved in multijurisdictional outbreaks should hold a conference call after the initial investigation ends to review lessons learned and to update participants on findings, conclusions, and actions taken; and

Whereas, Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 5 states its purpose is “to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents by establishing a single, comprehensive national incident management system” and the policy is “to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies, the United States Government shall establish a single,

Page 1 of 2comprehensive approach to domestic incident management. The objective of the United States Government is to ensure that all levels of government across the Nation have the capability to work efficiently and effectively together, using a national approach to domestic incident management;” and

Whereas, mitigation strategies developed as a result of After Action Reports should be documented and implemented to minimize the impacts for future responses to incidents; therefore, be it

Resolved, that AFDO will request FDA to include all state and local participants in multijurisdictional food related incidents in conference calls and meetings or hot washes to identify and discuss lessons learned and provide information on findings, conclusions and actions taken.

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