The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that on Friday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. (EST), they will present a webinar on progress toward attributing foodborne illnesses to food sources.

The webinar, titled “Are Outbreak Illnesses Representative of Sporadic Illnesses?,” will describe the most recent activities of the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC), a tri-agency partnership focused on projects related to attribution of foodborne illnesses. As part of the webinar, presenters will share an analysis for comparing the characteristics of illnesses associated with foodborne outbreaks with those that are not linked to outbreaks.

The webinar is open to the public at no charge. The deadline to register for the webinar is Monday, Jan. 6; interested parties may register at Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the webinar agenda and instructions on how to participate.

For those unable to attend the webinar, a recording of the event will be posted online. This webinar is the second in the IFSAC webinar series. For information from the first event, visit Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) Webinar: Improving the Categories Used to Classify Foods Implicated in Outbreaks.