Foodborne illness can have a major impact on people's health and the economy. Foodborne illnesses can also be very complex and stretch across many parts of our state or between multiple states.

The Missouri Rapid Response Team (MRRT) is designed to streamline the response to large, complex foodborne illness outbreaks. The MRRT provides greater coordination, shared communications and a unified incident command structure to combine experts from different technical disciplines and agencies into a single team. It increases the capability to "connect the dots," and respond to foodborne illness outbreaks more effectively.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all contribute experts, resources and many capabilities to the MRRT. Missouri is one of 19 states funded by an FDA grant to create and maintain a Rapid Response Team.