Food Safety

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Outbreak Response… Is Your Team Ready?

Give your team the tools and training to deal with a foodborne illness outbreak effectively and efficiently to minimize risk and negative outcomes. Epi-Ready workshops build an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the disciplines involved using course content developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 Reasons to Host an Epi-Ready Workshop on Foodborne Illness Response Strategies

  • Proactive training for teams before an incident occurs
  • Clear lines of communication and responsibilities within departments
  • Improved collaboration between organizations and disciplines
  • Reduced response time
  • Staff and community confidence of having a well-trained team in place

The host agency is responsible for providing a meeting venue with seating for 50 participants, audio visual (laptop and projector), beverages (coffee and tea), and snacks (optional but appreciated).

The two-day Epi-Ready workshop is delivered by three discipline-specific, experienced instructors.  A NEHA staff person will provide coordination and support throughout planning and during the workshop. 

Each participant in your group will receive:

  • NEHA Epi-Ready Manual
  • APHA Control of Communicable Diseases Manual
  • IAFP Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness Manual
  • CDC/AMA Foodborne Illness Physician's Primer


Measuring a Return on Your Investment

  • Practical experience in a simulated scenario to identify the source of an outbreak
  • Increased ability to recognize the contributing factors in an outbreak
  • Understanding of the complete outbreak response sequence and the role of each of the four disciplines involved (EH, public health, laboratory and epidemiology)
  • Familiarity with terms used in epidemiology and considerations for obtaining valid lab samples
  • Identify gaps in and ways to improve communications between members of the outbreak investigation team


If you would like to host a self-funded workshop or need more information, please email


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Epi-Ready Team Training

Epi-Ready Team Training: Foodborne Illness Response Strategies

EPI-Ready: Foodborne Illness Outbreak Response Training Four Legged StoolWhat Is Epi-Ready?

Developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Epi-Ready is a two-day in-person workshop for environmental and public health professionals with responsibility for investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks. With a team-based approach to training, Epi-Ready focuses on how to efficiently and effectively respond to an outbreak by understanding the roles and responsibilities of the disciplines involved—using the analogy of the 4-legged stool. What happens to a stool (investigation) if one leg is broken or missing?

The Epi-Ready 4-legged stool represents collaboration between the three disciplines involved in a foodborne illness investigation, environmental health specialists/sanitarians, epidemiologists and laboratory staff. The fourth leg of the stool comprises all others who directly or indirectly are involved in outbreak investigations, including public health nurses, health educators, industry, risk communication/public information officers, and others.

Workshop content is designed to follow the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) Guidelines.

Topics are covered through a combination of lecture, question and answer sessions, interactive group exercises and final case study.

Epi-Ready goals are that each leg of the stool…

  • Better understand the roles and responsibilities of all disciplines in an investigation.

  • Build a more efficient working relationship and open lines of communication with partners.

  • Understand that collaboration is KEY!

For more information on Epi-Ready Team Training, please contact


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InFORM 2015

InFORM 2015: PulseNet, OutbreakNet and Environmental Health

November 17-20, 2015 
Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel 
Phoenix, AZ

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch and Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, Association of Public Health Laboratories, United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Food and Drug Administration.

Industry - Foodborne Illness Investigation Training and Recall Response

What is I-FIIT-RR?

  • I-FIIT-RR aims to assist industry in producing a more rapid, efficient, and effective response to foodborne illness incidents and food recalls.

  • Designed to build improved relationships and open lines of communication between the retail food industry and local food regulatory agencies.

  • Identifies industry’s role in reducing the individual and economic impact of foodborne illness.

  • Identifies the steps in recall and outbreak response and identifies roles and responsibilities before, during, and after a potential incident.

  • Identifies control measures based on model practices that rapidly and effectively prevent further transmission of illness.

  • I-FIIT-RR is available for online viewing or can be hosted as a one day face-to-face workshop.


Host a LIVE Workshop

  • There are a variety of ways a company or association can host a self-funded workshop. Please inquire with

  • Workshops can be tailored to focus on a specific facility, and/or specific local/state procedures

  • Workshops are a one day training for up to 35 industry attendees

  • NEHA will provide all coordination, registration, workshop materials and Instructor

  • Approved for NEHA Continuing Education 


I-FIIT-RR Audience:IFIIT-RR Puzzle Pieces

  • Retail food store/food service establishment staff

  • Single unit to large chains

  • Mid-level manager & above (recommended)

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control, Chefs, Managers, etc




I-FIIT-RR Modules:

  • Building a Partnership: Who & Why?

  • Recall Response

  • Recognizing a Foodborne Illness Outbreak

  • Environmental Assessment

  • Control Measures & Epidemiologic Investigation

  • Collecting Samples & Laboratory Testing

  • Recovery/Concluding Actions



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This free workshop can help a business of any size -- from mom-and-pop restaurants to workplace cafeterias -- develop best practices to prevent foodborne illness, benefit from strong relationships with regulatory partners, and create response plans in the event of illness outbreaks, customer or product complaints, and food recalls.


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Food Safety

Food-related diseases affect tens of millions of people and kill thousands each year. A foodborne illness is caused by eating or drinking a contaminated food or beverage. NEHA’s food safety programs are dedicated to educating food safety and environmental health professionals. NEHA helps to inform, educate and improve preparedness, response, and prevention of foodborne diseases within both the regulatory and industry workforce. The food safety products and materials we offer can be used for someone just beginning their career in the food industry, or a professional with many years of experience.

These programs include the following:

Food Safety Credentials and Certifications


Food Safety Trainings 


Edible Cannabis Products

Marijuana usage is changing regulations in many states, legalizing its use both recreationally and for medicinal purposes. However, these new laws raise questions about the safety of these products, and how should it be regulated and inspected.  Watch NEHA's series of webinars to learn more, and to stay on top of the latest trends related to this emerging issue.

Watch Edibles WebinarS


Environmental Health Saves Lives, Saves Money, and Protects Our Future 

Environmental Health professionals ensure our food is safe by educating, inspecting, and investigating facilities throughout the food supply chain, including farms and manufacturers, restaurants, and grocery stores.

NEHA: The Food You Eat Infographic

Professional Food Handler

A well-trained and knowledgeable food handler is the backbone of food safety in the retail foodservice setting. NEHA’s Professional Food Handler (PFH) Certificate Course provides these frontline workers access to essential knowledge and an understanding of core food safety practices that they need to carry out their work safely.

The NEHA Professional Food Handler Course is ideal for: 

  • Preparing for employment in the food industry
  • Employee orientation to food safety
  • Meeting the requirements for employee training (food handler) by state and/or local jurisdictions
  • ANSI accredited
  • Based on the 2013 FDA Food Code
  • Secure Certificate of Training issued

The Professional Food Handler Certificate can be obtained online or with an instructor.

CIFOR Resources 

The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR)  has the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response and CIFOR Industry Guidelines  (for Owners, Operators and Managers of Food Establishments) available for download. 

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Certified Professional-Food Safety Manual

The go-to resource for students of food safety and industry professionals

  • Hundreds of pages of new content to help candidates prepare for the current CP-FS exam
  • Updated to the 2013 Food Code
  • An integral part of Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) body of knowledge
  • Includes new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements
  • Full-color photographs and illustrations throughout Certified Professional–Food Safety (CP-FS)
  • Now Availabe as iBook (for Mac / iPad) 

NEHA’s Certified Professional–Food Safety manual was developed by experts from across the various food safety disciplines to help candidates prepare for the updated CP-FS credential examination. This 360-page manual contains science-based, in-depth information about:

  •  Causes and prevention of foodborne illness
  •  HACCP plans and active managerial control
  •  Cleaning and sanitizing
  •  Pest control
  •  Risk-based inspections
  •  Sampling food for laboratory analysis
  •  Food defense
  •  Responding to food emergencies and foodborne illness outbreaks
  •  Conducting facility plan reviews
  •  Legal aspects of food safety


Purchase Certified Professional-Food Safety ManuaL (Paperback) 


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Publication Information:
Certified Professional-Food Safety (CP-FS) Manual (Third Edition)
National Environmental Health Association (2014)
358 pages, spiral-bound paperback.

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Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety Manual

NEW! NEHA is proud to offer the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Manual — developed by industry professionals to help prepare candidates for NEHA’s new CCFS credential exam.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has recast the food safety landscape, including the role of the food safety professional. To position this field for the future, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is proud to announce its newest credential — Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS). 

The CCFS is a mid-level credential for food safety professionals. A professional that earns the CCFS credential will demonstrate expertise in how to assure food is safe for consumers throughout the manufacturing/processing environment. 

The CCFS credential can be utilized by anyone wanting to continue a growth path in the food safety sector, whether in a regulatory/oversight role or in a food safety management or compliance position within the private sector. The CCFS credential is a mark of distinction for those choosing a career in as a food safety professional in the manufacturing and processing areas. 

Purchase Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Manual

Publication Information: 
Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Manual
National Environmental Health Association (2014)
356 pages, spiral-bound paperback.

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CIFOR Toolkit for the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response

CIFOR is pleased to announce the release of the Second Edition of the Toolkit for the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response.  NEHA is an active member of CIFOR and we provide promotional assistance for CIFOR such resources that are of benefit to Eh and our members. 

New! Second Edition of the CIFOR Toolkit for the Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response