State Foodborne Illness Reporting Laws, 2011-2013 (ICPSR 34935)

Published: Feb 21, 2014

Principal Investigator(s):
Rebecca Katz, George Washington University. Department of Health Policy

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The primary goal of this project was to create a comprehensive database of all state regulations and legislation that can be used by food safety stakeholders to efficiently analyze relevant foodborne illness-related legislation. To that end, project staff compiled state statutes and regulations pertaining to foodborne illness reporting requirements and coded many of their features in a database. The coded information covers reporting requirements for establishments and healthcare providers; investigation authority over establishments and individuals; enforcement regarding suspected/confirmed foods; protection of patient and business confidentiality; and reporting requirements for illness caused by specific pathogens such as Campylobacter, Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Listeria monocytogenes, Norovirus, Salmonella (nontyphoidal), Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus, Toxoplasma gondii, Vibrio, and Yersinia. Additional information recorded in the data include state population size; state per capita income; state participation in the Foodborne Diseases Surveillance Network (FoodNet), Environmental Health Specialist Network (EHS-Net), and Food Emergency Response Network (FERN); and whether or not the state has a FDA FoodCORE regional program, Food Safety Integrated Center for Excellence (FSICE), or FDA Rapid Response Team (RRT) grant.

This data collection comprises a Microsoft Access database with 44 data tables and the Final Exported Dataset which was derived from the database. The Access database contains a draft of the information in the Final Exported Dataset and some information not included in it. The Final Exported Dataset describes the laws and regulations that were current in 2013. The Access database covers the period 2011-2013.

To facilitate the use of this data collection, every data table in the Access database is also provided as a separate data file (Datasets 3-46). In addition, the codebook includes copies of the data entry forms in the Access database .

Katz, Rebecca. State Foodborne Illness Reporting Laws, 2011-2013. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-02-21.

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2011 -- 2013

2011 -- 2013

This data collection includes the citations of the statutes and regulations pertaining to foodborne illness reporting requirements but not their full legal text.

All state statutes and regulations pertaining to foodborne illness reporting requirements, including the laws and regulations of the District of Columbia.

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2014-02-21 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This study is maintained and distributed by the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA). HMCA is the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.