Food Safety

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.

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

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