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Emerging Trends in Food Safety Webinar Series

Catch up with the rapidly evolving technology and consumer trends impacting retail food safety this National Food Safety Education Month! During our webinar series, subject matter experts will share innovations and insights on topics from third-party delivery to cannabis. Join us for a peek into the rapidly changing landscape of retail food safety.

1. Education Support: NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program

Join representatives from NEHA and the NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program Support Team to highlight some of the ways that the new grant program will support state, local, tribal, and territorial retail food regulatory agencies with funds for training, staff development, and technology as they advance conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS) or Retail Program Standards. Topics will include: options for add-on funding through the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program for training and development, supported activities, virtual FDA courses, Self-Assessment and Verification Auditor asynchronous course development, its progress, and how it can tie into the funding available through the Continuous Improvement, Conformance, and Maintenance funds in the Retail Flexible Funding Model.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program (PDF)

Virtual Course Delivery (PDF)

Self Assessment/Verification Audit Workshop Development (PDF)

Art Johnstone
NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Project Manager
National Environmental Health Association

After spending more than two decades directing non-profit organizations (Young Life) and working for state government (Director of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Chief Operating Officer, Volunteer Florida), Art Johnstone formed Grant Partners with the goal of assisting national associations and non-profits with the acquisition and management of grant funding. Since 2008 he and his team have helped partner organizations acquire more than $101 million in federal grant funding.

In addition to his work in grant management, Art has also spent the last fifteen years teaching adult education courses for the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT, Louisiana State University), the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), and other national partners.

A 1988 graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Art earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science Education. He and his wife Carol live in Tallahassee, Florida with their six children.

Christl Tate
Training Operations and Logistics Manager
National Environmental Health Association

Christl Tate has been at NEHA for over 20 years – dedicating her career to developing resources that support local public health. Focusing on public-private partnerships and participant-centered learning, she works to develop innovative solutions to environmental health roadblocks. Currently, her work at NEHA focuses on food safety and body art. Christl has a BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University.

Sharon D. Unkart, PhD
Associate Director, Entrepreneurial Zone
National Environmental Health Association

Dr. Unkart began her career as an Environmental Scientist, first for EPA in their Air Quality Division then for a small, private consulting firm, where she conducted Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, remediated underground storage tanks, handled nonfriable asbestos abatement, and managed environmental resource management projects. From there, she went on to get her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary Science Education. After teaching K12 students for a few years, she moved on to teaching adults, eventually earning her Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education. She is now the Associate Director for the Entrepreneurial Zone, the department within the National Environmental Health Association that produces adult learning materials such as asynchronous online courses, books, and other study materials in support of NEHA’s certificate and credentialling programs. She also serves as the Instructional Coach for NEHA’s Instructors who, in partnership with FDA, teach many of the courses such as Special Processes at Retail and Plan Review. She is an avid organic gardener, passionate environmentalist, and a chicken whisperer.


2. Concentrating on Cannabis: Regulatory and Consultant Perspectives to Ensure Food Safety

Join NEHA as we hear two different perspectives on cannabis edibles. Hear from a leader in the regulatory space, Kara Cronkhite as she discusses how cannabis facilities are regulated by the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board. She’ll discuss license types, menu approval, packaging, sanitation, enforcement and more, bringing some examples and best practices for our audience. We’ll also be learning from Kara Lavaux, former regulator, now consultant for Allay Consulting about cannabis with regard to food safety. She will walk us through emerging issues such as Delta 8 and Delta 10 and the overall evaluation of the industry including information on processing techniques and equipment used then and now as this industry rapidly evolves.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

Cannabis and Food Safety (PDF)
Overview of NV Cannabis Regulations (PDF)

Kara Cronkhite
Chief of Inspection and Audit
Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board

I am a registered environmental Health Specialist and earned a Master’s of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatics from UNLV. My Bachelor’s degree is in Food Science and Nutrition from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I have been regulating cannabis in the state of Nevada since 2015, beginning at the Department of Public and Behavioral Health in the Medical Marijuana Program. I am currently the Chief of inspection and audit with the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board. Prior to working in Cannabis I was a Food safety specialist for Safeway, a health inspector at the Southern Nevada Health District, and I also worked as the Food Safety Manager for the Mirage hotel and Casino.

Kara Lavaux
Cannabis Compliance Consultant
Allay Consulting

Kara Lavaux has an Environmental Health degree from Colorado State University and worked in Colorado health departments for 14 years before making the transition to private industry as a consultant. Her experience is in food safety, public health, and cannabis. As one of the first marijuana regulators in the country when she worked for Denver, she has built a considerable knowledge base in the area of cannabis food safety and consumer safety. In her current role as a consultant for Allay Consulting, she assists and supports cannabis businesses with their compliance needs, such as helping them adopt and implement GMPs into their operation. She holds credentials as a Certified Professional in Food Safety from NEHA and as a Certified Quality Auditor from the American Society of Quality.



Handling Food Safely in the Time of Third-Party Delivery

The demand for food delivery has soared amid the pandemic and is likely to remain in high demand into the future. Customers expect safe, quality food to be delivered in a timely manner, and families need guidance on handling delivered food safely. This webinar will share some of the necessary steps to help ensure safe and quality food delivery as well as showcasing a resource designed to provide best practice recommendations for safe food delivery to delivery persons working with third-party delivery services. Plus, learn about a new campaign from the Partnership for Food Safety Education, “Prep Yourself,” designed to provide guidance for consumers on handling delivered food safely, the formative research behind it, and the free tools and resources that are available.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

NRA Handling Food Safely with Third Party Deliveries (PDF)
5 Checks for Safe Food Delivery (PDF)
Food Safety Delivered: Resources You Need for National Food Safety Education Month (PDF)
Iowa State Consumer Research (PDF)

Patrick Guzzle
Vice President, Food Science
National Restaurant Association

Patrick Guzzle has been involved in retail food safety for almost 20 years. His career began as an Environmental Health Specialist in Pocatello, Idaho. He later was hired as the Idaho Food Protection Program Manager. In 2018, Patrick started Mountain West Food Safety, LLC and was the Principal Consultant.

Patrick has been an active participant in the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and has served on several Committees, as well as Chairing Council II. He served as Chair of the CFP from 2016 – 2018. He has received several commendations for his collaborative efforts with other organizations over the years.

Patrick is an active member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials and the National Environmental Health Association. He is an adjunct professor of Public Health at Boise State University. Patrick holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Arts in Anthropology – both from Idaho State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – also from Idaho State University.

Patrick and his wife, Dianne both grew up in Colorado – she in Littleton and he in Steamboat Springs. They have 4 children and reside in Boise, Idaho.

Terryn Laird
Public Health Communications Specialist
National Environmental Health Association

In their role as Public Health Communications Specialist at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), Terryn Laird serves primarily as a communications leader in the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative. They maintain the Collaborative’s various communication channels and website as well as provide support for other NEHA food safety initiatives both internally and externally, including: the new NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program, the NEARS Online Community, and the NEHA Food Safety Committee; and participate on the Environmental Health & Equity Collaborative’s Awareness & Communications Workgroup. Terryn’s background in the food service industry has given them foundational knowledge in food safety as well as real world experience. Terryn holds a B.Sc. in Human Nutrition and a B.A. in English from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Katie Weston
Community Engagement Manager
Partnership for Food Safety Education

As Community Engagement Manager, Katie develops outreach and engagement strategies and represents the Partnership for Food Safety Education to the health and food safety educator community. Katie has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and more than 10 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations. One of her greatest passions in life is strengthening and growing communities. She enjoys teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in her spare time, and she loves baking cupcakes and hanging out with her husband Kevin and sons Will and Sam.



Advancing Food Safety with Emerging Technologies

Today’s technology creates opportunities for retail foodservice organizations to supplement their food safety practices in ways not possible just a few years ago. This webinar will discuss how these systems can unlock better communication pathways, improve efficiency and create the ability to measure and celebrate food safety execution. Plus, learn how technology, specifically the Digital Food Safety and Remote Temperature System, is being leveraged at McDonald’s to support continuous improvement in the McDonald’s Food Safety Management System.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT


Testo Advancing Food Safety with Emerging Technology (PDF)

Matt Jenkins
U.S. Restaurant Food Safety

Matt Jenkins currently works within the U.S. Restaurant Food Safety team at McDonalds where he has been for the last 2 years. He has over 17 years of experience in the quality assurance and food safety field, spending the majority of this time within the foodservice industry. In his current position, he serves as a brand protector by helping to create, integrate, implement and maintain an end-to-end food safety philosophy that ensures that only high quality and safe food is served to all McDonald’s customers. Prior to joining McDonald’s Matt worked at Potbelly Sandwich Works, Sodexo, National Sanitation Foundation and the DuPage County Health Department. A graduate of the University of Illinois with both a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Public Health. He holds the following credentials: Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS), Registered Environmental Health Specialist/ Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certified Manager and Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).

Eric Moore
Director of Food Safety and Industry Outreach
Testo North America

Eric Moore, Director of Food Safety and Industry Outreach at Testo North America. For the last 20 years Eric has been a proactive leader in improving food safety programs at multiple industry-leading food service and retail organizations. Currently, Eric provides organizational leadership guidance for Testo as the food safety subject matter expert, and oversees external industry engagement, internal product design and regulatory policy.