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1. What information did your planning committee determine to be necessary to carry out its charge? What sources were used?

Instinctively, the planning committee decided to research the already in place programs which are directed toward public health/ food protection. Knowing what’s already established alleviates the stressors on the planning committee because it allows the planning committee to manipulate and reinforce what’s already available. The committee thought it would be helpful to look into the reports of reported food-borne illnesses in the area and linking it to the possible bacteria that caused it. The committee decided to look into the common food-borne diseases as well as the not so common ones, to gather information on their symptoms and affects on the population; so that when an outbreak occurs it would be easily identified. The committee also talked about reinforcing prevention methods. In our plan we would address the importance of prevention methods; For example keeping up with sanitation when processing and handling foods.
The committee took into consideration that after the construction of the plan, they were going to need someone to enlighten the public. That would mean that funds would need to be allocated and distributed to the local health departments to find individuals to educate the communities and provide them with resources that would deem beneficial. Majority of food-borne illnesses affect our vulnerable populations the hardest. Vulnerable populations are composed of pregnant women, children, elderly, and those with weakened/suppressed immune systems. So our planning would also be reared around the educating and protection of that population. Common food-borne illnesses in Connecticut are Campylobacter, Giardiasis, Hepatitis A, Listeriosis, and Salmonellosis. ( Home)

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