Food Safety

Lessons in Change Management: 2013 FDA Food Code Case Study

This session will describe the steps taken by Alexandria Health Department to implement the 2013 FDA Food Code. It will take participants on a journey from the internal decision to adopt, through the engagement of industry and stakeholders, to adoption and through final implementation. The presentation will review the methods of communication and training approaches adopted during the change process. Attendees will be able to apply the presenters’ best practices for implementation in their next cycle of change.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Making FSMA Real: Integrating Local, State, and Federal Food Emergency Response Capabilities

Our increasingly globalized food supply means that contamination problems originating in remote regions of the world can rapidly impact communities in the United States of America. During this panel-type session, the presenters will review: the Federal effort to establish Rapid Response Teams; State efforts to implement the RRT concept; and state and local efforts to build capacity for response using innovative, less costly training approaches.

Issues and Challenges: Investigation of Foodborne Illness in Jamaica / Toronto, Canada

This session reviews an outbreak investigation conducted in a mega hotel in Jamaica. Along the way, we discover gaps in the investigation process, describe challenges in disease surveillance, and determine the barriers to effective outbreak prevention and control.

See how the existing regulations stack up against changing trends in the tourism sector and possible remedies for the shortcomings. Use this case study to identify the emerging challenges and possible solutions in your outbreak investigation process before they happen.

In a Nut Shell: Need to Know Food Allergen Info

This session will immerse the learner in interactive training utilizing a computer based online course focusing on food allergens, an emerging issue in environmental health. The training will provide highly interactive activities and assessments to ensure the learner successfully meets the learning outcomes. Upon completion, the learner will implement and apply their learning while on inspections and will be able to provide workforce training via resources obtained through this session.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Food Safety Regulation of Marijuana-Infused Foods and Extractions

Public health issues exist on many levels in the legal medical and recreational marijuana industry. Beginning in 2010, the Denver Department of Environmental Health was the first jurisdiction to regulate marijuana-infused foods under its existing food safety program. Presenters will share the lessons learned including understanding the foodborne illness risks, programmatic and enforcement challenges, and communication needs of regulating this rapidly evolving industry. Come away informed on this emerging issue and with a new understanding of regulatory authority.

Food Safety Health Education Liaison Program (HELP)

Critical violations at food facilities are significant risk factors contributing to foodborne illness outbreaks and pose an imminent health threat. One agency has implemented a proactive Food Safety Health Education Liaison Program (HELP) to help facilities that perform poorly over and over. HELP consultations promote effective strategies to reduce repeat critical violations, raise food safety standards, and strengthen operators' active managerial control measures for long-term compliance. Evaluate the program for yourself and come away with effective interventions for repeat violators.

Food Safety Focus Series V: Increasing Outbreak Investigation Efficiency by Strengthening the Human Interaction Component

This presentation asserts that it is the human interaction component, not technology or other resources, which can most enhance the efficiency of a foodborne illness investigation. While investigating a local cluster of Salmonella cases, one agency efficiently resolved the outbreak in less than six weeks, with the enlistment of contacts at the state and federal level who had linked the cases to an ongoing multi-state cluster. See how the approach taken in this case study can help your investigations.

Food Safety Focus Series III: What the Traceback Tool Adds to Outbreak Investigations

Traceback is a method used to determine and document the distribution and production chain, and the source(s) of a product that has been implicated in a foodborne illness investigation (FBI). This presentation describes the process requiring evidence such as documents/records and related information that would support a regulatory action or public health consumer warning. An example of a multi-state investigation will be provided to walk you through and illustrate the skills necessary for traceback to be successful.

Food Safety Focus Series IV: Breaking Down Barriers between Industry and Regulators: Can't We Just Get Along?

Industry and Regulators have a history of seeing food safety from opposite sides of the fence, but it's in their best interest to communicate and collaborate in a food-related crisis. This session will include an overview of NEHA's IFIIT-RR training program as well as some interactive exercises from the course. See how this highly reviewed program improves relations and preparation for outbreak investigations and recalls. Leave with the knowledge and tools to create that in your next food-related crisis.