Food Safety

Food Safe Schools Program

NEHA’s Food-Safe Schools (FSS) Program with the support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA/FNS), Kansas State University Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs, and other partner organizations is dedicated to improving the health, education, and well-being of young people. Many NEHA members are state and local environmental health (EH) and food safety (FS) regulators whose responsibilities also include school inspections. EH and FS professionals interact with school nutrition/food service professionals before, during, and after inspections and emphasize food safety education as well as following food safety requirements and principles. This role as food safety regulator and educator gives NEHA members a specific and unique connection with schools.

Culture of Food Safety

NEHA works with USDA/FNS to collaborate with school nutrition/food service departments to promote food safety practices. EH/FS professionals who conduct school food safety inspections have an opportunity to foster and strengthen their relationship with school nutrition/food service personnel and provide education and resources to promote a culture of food safety.

Food-Safe Schools

Food-safe schools take a school-wide approach to food safety, and with the help of partners in the school community, create a culture of food safety. Food-safe schools have two main ingredients.

  • They are built on comprehensive procedures, policies, and plans that address the science of food safety.
  • They address people’s behavior to encourage the use of food safety procedures, policies, and plans.

Food-Safe Schools Action Guide: Creating a Culture of Food Safety

The Action Guide will assist schools in: reviewing their current food safety efforts, taking action to build food-safe schools by addressing important areas of food safety, and communicating with the school community to create a culture of food safety. A “culture of food safety” is thinking of the school community’s behaviors and beliefs about food safety. There will be a culture of food safety when food-safe behaviors are second nature to the members of the school community—the school nutrition team, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students—and these behaviors are consistently practiced to help keep students healthy and safe.

The Action Guide addresses food safety requirements for the National School Lunch Act, a school food safety program based on HACCP principles, training and education, employee health and personal hygiene, produce safety, managing food allergies, food defense, responding to food recalls, and responding to a foodborne illness outbreak.

For more information, please email programs@neha.org.

Food-Safe Schools Program Resources

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Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS) Credential

busy restaurant kitchen with chefs working in white coats and hats with text overlayCertified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS) Credential - Chefs in commercial kitchen

Who Should Apply?

CP-FS credential holders may be employed in any retail food environment — as a quality assurance or quality control manager, facility manager, food-safe chemical supplier, or in a more traditional food safety position such as a regulatory inspector/investigator. CP-FS holders are able to conduct facility plan reviews, evaluate hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) plans or other risk-based food safety programs, understand the causes and prevention of foodborne illnesses, and analyze and implement sanitation standard operating procedures for safety and effectiveness.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree Track
    • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent
  • Experience Track
    • Associate’s degree and 4 years of experience, and a valid, unexpired Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certificate, Food Safety Managers Certification Examination (FSMCE) certificate, SuperSafe Mark certificate, OR a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate.
    • High School Diploma and 5 years of experience, and a valid, unexpired Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certificate, Food Safety Managers Certification Examination (FSMCE) certificate, SuperSafe Mark certificate, OR a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate.

How to Apply?

Follow steps 1 - 3 below to access the NEHA CP-FS online application

  1. From the MyNEHA home page, click "NEHA Credentials" on the top right of the home page and select "Apply for Certification". This will bring up the login screen to access the application.
  2. Login to your existing MyNEHA account, or create an account if you do not have one. Please use an email address as your Username. You may be asked to enable Cookies to use the site. Once logged in, the CP-FS application home page will appear.
  3. Navigate through the application module until all steps are completed. You may save your progress and return as needed.

Price

Member: US $260

Non-member: US $405

 

 

Candidate Information Brochure (PDF)

 


A Professional Credential From NEHA

NEHA developed the CP-FS credential to meet the growing need for professionals who have specialized knowledge and training in the protection and safety of food. The importance of food safety is recognized along the continuum of training from food handler to food safety manager, and the next step for professionals who want to advance their careers in food safety is obtaining the CP-FS credential.

The CP-FS credential is designed for individuals within the public and private sectors who have prior food safety experience, and it integrates food microbiology, HACCP principles, and regulatory requirements to validate problem solving and knowledge expertise using real-world examples. This prestigious credential is well respected throughout the industry, and is highly valued by employers when hiring food safety professionals.

As an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual’s professional knowledge and experience, a credential stands in support of a candidate’s resume and professional references. It serves as verification that a professional has achieved a baseline level of competency in his or her subject matter. Food safety professionals must understand local, state, national, and global regulations that affect their facility operations. The benefit of obtaining a nationally recognized credential is the transferability across state lines, and the requirement for continuing education to maintain the credential ensures that the professional is up-to-date on the most recent changes affecting the industry.

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Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) Credential

Cover of CCFS Credential BrochureA Professional Credential From NEHA

NEHA has been training professionals in food safety since 1937 as part of the knowledge and skills required of Registered Environmental Health Specialists/Registered Sanitarians (REHS/RS). NEHA’s well-grounded history in food safety means our standards are high and that individuals with a NEHA credential have mastered a body of knowledge and acquired practical experience to perform relevant work responsibilities.

As an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual’s professional knowledge and experience, a credential stands in support of a candidate’s resume and professional references. It serves as verification that a professional has achieved a baseline level of competency in his or her subject matter. Food safety professionals must understand local, state, national, and global regulations that affect their facility operations. The benefit of obtaining a nationally recognized credential is the transferability across state lines, and the requirement for continuing education to maintain the credential ensures that the professional is up-to-date on the most recent changes affecting the industry.

Stand Out in the World of Food Safety

The Food Safety Modernization Act has recast the food safety landscape adding to the arsenal of required knowledge for those involved in any aspect of the food supply chain. The National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA’s) Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) credential is a mark of distinction for more seasoned food safety professionals who aim to demonstrate expertise in the manufacturing and processing areas, whether in a regulatory/oversight role or in a food safety management or compliance position within the private sector.

Hunger for Knowledge

Upon successfully passing the exam, the CCFS credential holder is prepared to manage and evaluate food safety plans in food manufacturing and processing facilities to assure a safe food supply for consumers. They are accomplished in understanding and implementing preventative controls, conducting risk assessments, observing and training staff, assessing the physical facility, and assuring corrective measures are applied to control hazards and prevent foodborne illness. With today’s complex global food supply, ensuring the safety of the supply chain requires collaboration between retail, manufacturing, and food service distribution companies, as well as others. NEHA’s involvement with policy and these types of collaborations in the food industry occurs on many levels and ensures that the food safety credentials it offers serves professionals who work in a variety of settings, is relevant to their jobs, and remains current to keep pace with frequent changes in the industry.
 

CCFS Credential Exam and Application

CCFS Credential Candidate Information Brochure (PDF)

 

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Using Underreporting Estimates to Mobilize the Development of Targeted, Proactive Food Safety Policy

Public health policy targeting populations at greatest risk can be used to significantly reduce the burden of foodborne disease. This study calculated incidence rates, disability adjusted life years, and quality adjusted life years estimates for salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis, adjusted for underreporting. Investigators then looked at how these measures of disease burden can contribute to the policy debate on the public health significance of foodborne disease.

Thinking Inside the Box: Using Cartoons to Imagineer Food Defense

NEHA attendees are invited to use their imaginative power to envision and design the next cartoon in the food defense series. Participants will engage in a collaborative brainstorming session to identify a scenario and develop the storyline as a professional cartoonist brings these visions to life in a multi-paneled storyboard. By the end of the session, participants, working alongside the cartoonist, will have collaboratively created a complete training cartoon, to be the fifth installment of the current food defense series.

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