CDC Spruces Up Foodborne Outbreak Search Tool

October 21, 2015

For those who want or need to look back at foodborne outbreak data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a useful tool. It’s called the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) and, on Tuesday, the agency revealed a shiny new version.

Originally developed in 2009, the FOOD Tool includes both single and multistate foodborne outbreak data reported to CDC from 1998 to 2014. It originally only let users sift through the data by state, where the food was consumed, and the pathogen responsible.

In addition to the ability to search by food item or ingredient, the…