This proposal establishes an important addition to the overall food safety infrastructure in Maryland with the formation of a Rapid Response Team (RRT). The project strengthens Maryland's ability to respond to food related emergencies, and contribute to the national effort to improve and streamline response to food issues. In particular, it significantly strengthens the multi- agency cooperation in managing the food industry in Maryland and will lead to a more systematic management of information between State Agencies. The project accomplishes the following specific aims: (1) Establishes a formal team structure and multidisciplinary, multiagency staffing that will facilitate the operation of the team across the multi-jurisdictional and multiagency boundaries that exist in the State;(2) Develops standard operating procedures for the RRT to provide a flexible framework and basis for team operations with particular emphasis on communication protocols and the use of after action reports to establish a "learning" organization, revising SOPs based on experience in actual use and after action reports;(3) Implements a continuing cross training program for the RRT team and an outreach program to all the jurisdictions in the State on the role of the RRT in food related emergencies;and (4) Develops a statewide data system that can store inspection reports, complaints, investigations and facility information in a manner readily accessible to regulatory staff in all Agencies and jurisdictions.

Public Health Relevance

This proposal establishes an important addition to the overall food safety infrastructure in Maryland with the formation of a Rapid Response Team. The project will strengthen Maryland's ability to respond to food related emergencies, and contribute to the national effort to improve and streamline response to food issues. In particular, it significantly strengthens the multi-agency cooperation in managing the food industry in Maryland, the capacity to respond to food emergencies and incidents involving threats to the food supply, and the management of information between and among federal, state, and local agencies, and other institutions involved in assuring the integrity and safety of the food supply.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Type
Research Demonstration--Cooperative Agreements (U18)
Project #
5U18FD004611-03
Application #
8726775
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZFD1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Maryland State Department of Health/Mtl Hygiene
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Baltimore
State
MD
Country
United States
Zip Code
21201