Food Safety

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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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:

The Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative

As part of the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative, a group of agencies and associations working together to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness at the retail level, NEHA provides:

Along with other tools and resources to support the retail food safety workforce.

Food Safety Credentials and Certifications

Food Safety Online Training Resources: Food Handler preparing hamburgerFood Safety Trainings 

Just in Time from NEHA logo of a rotating clock with hands moving around the face.Just in Time Video Series 

The NEHA Just in Time Video Series offers a diverse collection of informative and digestible short videos to be used as a resource to support acceptable operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The training catalog offers guidelines and best practices for specific food safety topics and various environmental health situations that may present themselves during this unprecedented time. Each individual training within the series offers a clear and concise overview of a topic and provides guidance for acceptable, safe, alternative operations. 


NEHA Food Safety Policy Statements

One of NEHA's responsibilities is to speak up on issues of concern to our members and one way of doing that involves adopting positions. By publishing these positions, we strive to keep you informed about where we stand as an association on issues critical to environmental health. If you and/or your colleagues have the opportunity to advance any of these positions, we encourage you to do so.

Cannabis Resources

Stay up-to-date on the latest trends related to the emerging topic of cannabis and food safety.

View CannaBis Resources 

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 Certificate Program

A well-trained and knowledgeable food handler is the backbone of food safety in the retail food service 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 2017 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. 

Learn more about CIFOR Resources

More Food Safety Resources

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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) 


Purchase Certified Profesional-Food Safety ManuaL (iBook)


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