APHL advances laboratory practice by increasing the competence of laboratory staff, improving the capabilities of member laboratories and strengthening the credibility of results generated by food testing laboratories. The association created the following products and training material to assist members in meeting their food safety goals. It also compiled a sampling of federal websites, external publications and partner links that house content relevant to members' food safety work.

APHL Products

"Yardstick" Food Safety Self-Assessment Tool (login required)

Interim Guidelines for Submission of Enteric Pathogens from Positive Culture-Independent Diagnostic Test Specimens to Public Health, February 2016

State Legal Requirements for Submission of Isolates and Other Clinical Materials from Clinical Laboratories: A Review of State Approaches, January 2016

Salmonella Sustainability Model

Salmonella Serotyping in US PHL's White Paper

CIDT Factsheet

Lab Matters: Whole Genome Sequencing in Public Health

APHLTech Blog: NGS in Action – Genome Trakr

PulseNet Issue Brief April 2013

APHL/CDC Guidance for Isolation and Characterization of STEC 2009

APHL Position Statements

Legal Requirements for Enteric Disease Isolates

Use of Non-Culture Assays to Detect Foodborne Infectious Agents, February 2012

APHL Training and Conferences

APHL Webinar Series: "The Updated Scoop on Poop-Culture Independent Detection Tests" (login required)

PulseNet Training Webinars

InFORM 2015

InFORM 2013

Culture Independent Diagnostics Forum 2012 Summary

Related Federal Webpages


CDC PulseNet

CDC CaliciNet

CDC Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool

CDC Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States

FDA Genome Trakr


FDA Food

FDA Field Science Laboratories

Food Emergency Response Network

FSIS Laboratories

Partnership for Food Protection

External Publications

CIFOR Law Project Tools, September 2012

Bacterial Enteric Infections Detected by Culture-Independent Diagnostic Tests-FoodNet, United States, 2012-2014

Effect of Culture-Independent Diagnostic Tests on Future Emerging Infections Program Surveillance

Development and application of MLVA methods as a tool for inter-laboratory surveillance


APHL is an active member of the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR), which integrates local, state and federal efforts across many food safety disciplines to reduce the burden of foodborne illness in the United States. Three federal agencies and 12 national associations sit on the CIFOR Council, which interacts with the regulated industry through workgroups and projects. 

CIFOR Lab-Epi Integrated Reporting software

CIFOR Specimen Collection, Shipment and Retention Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreaks of Undetermined Etiology (OUE)

CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response, Second Edition

APHL is working with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) to strengthen and integrate food and feed testing laboratories. This effort is supported by a five-year cooperative agreement from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to advance the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

ISO Training Resources

AFDO Food Laboratory Accreditation website

AAFCO Laboratory website