Food Safety

Food Safety and Cultural Norms: Using Cultural Assets to Innovate Practice

The Minneapolis Health Department, state departments of health and agriculture, and community-based partners teamed up to conduct focus groups with urban Somali and Latino residents. The presenters gained insight on why live animal markets, urban living conditions, community trust, beliefs and customs are pivotal factors in reducing foodborne illness. Attendees will be able to describe how understanding cultural assets can change the trajectory of outbreak prevention efforts and will be able to map and apply this approach in their communities.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Food Safety Focus Series II

The Food Safety Focus Series objective is to provide information, updates, and a forum for discussion regarding the creation, implementation, and functioning of an integrated food safety system. It includes presenters and participants from every sector and from the Federal level to the local level. This year's series will drill down into the specifics of foodborne illness outbreaks and investigations.   

Food Safety Focus Series I

The Food Safety Focus Series objective is to provide information, updates, and a forum for discussion regarding the creation, implementation, and functioning of an integrated food safety system. It includes presenters and participants from every sector and from the Federal level to the local level. This year's series will drill down into the specifics of foodborne illness outbreaks and investigations. 

Food Allergens: Attitudes and Knowledge of Restaurant Managers

Dining outside of the home can be difficult for individuals with food allergies, as they must rely on restaurant staff to properly prepare their allergen-free meal. Restaurant managers should prepare for these customers by learning about food allergens and how to respond if an allergic reaction occurs in their establishment. This presentation shares the results of a study to determine restaurant managers' attitudes and knowledge of food allergens. This baseline may inform future educational efforts in this topic area.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

FDA Foodborne Illness Risk Factor Study - How it Will be Used to Improve Food Safety

In 2013, FDA initiated its second 10-year study on the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors within foodservice and retail food facilities. This session will provide industry and regulatory food safety professionals with information on specific food safety practices and procedures that are in most need of attention within the retail food segment of the industry. Attendees will be able to assess the underlying issues that impact employee behaviors and food safety practices and to identify potential intervention strategies that are also being assessed as part of the study.

Flip the Fear: Food Allergen Lawsuits, Training Requirements, and Tools

The number of individuals with food allergies in the U.S. continues to rise each year. With recent rulings by the FDA and a host of lawsuits over how food allergic diners are treated in the foodservice industry, it can be a scary subject to approach in a food establishment. This session will cover current regulations and training requirements, provide tools for you to flip the fear, and create a safe atmosphere for those with special dietary needs.

FDA's Oral Culture Learner Project: Helping Food Employees Understand the Importance of Food Safety

What we have here is a failure to communicate! Use this session to obtain insights as to why the retail food regulatory inspection process may not be as effective as it could be. Learn how to tailor your communication techniques to make a connection with food worker that will result in positive behavioral change.

Continuous Improvement Through Sharing: Overcoming Challenges to Meet FDA Retail Program Standards

Learn how retail food regulatory programs can use the Retail Program Standards to enhance uniformity and quality of their inspection program while improving the level of service to their stakeholders. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from their peers, ask questions, and receive takeaway materials about The FDA Retail Program Standards are designed to help agencies enhance uniformity and quality of inspection programs while improving the level of service to their stakeholders. Get guidance on how to present the standards to and obtain support from upper level management.

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