September Is National Food Safety Education Month!
NEHA would like to take this opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of those in the food safety workforce. Help us recognize a food safety hero during our Food Safety Heroes campaign as we highlight their contributions throughout September. Get back to basics on one (or all!) of our foodborne pathogen webinars and learn what makes these bad bugs tick and how to prevent them from contaminating our food. Plus, join a roundtable of food safety professionals who will discuss the current challenges faced by food safety programs and highlight their successes. And don't forget to check out all the food safety resources listed below that NEHA has to offer.
We value the commitment food safety professionals have made to this field. We are excited to fight foodborne illness alongside you as we continue to learn, share, and support each other.
Read the declaration of support for National Food Safety Education Month from NEHA President Sandra Long.
Take a look at how our federal partners are celebrating National Food Safety Education Month.
NEHA Foodborne Pathogen Webinar Series
Get back to basics with NEHA during Food Safety Education Month! During this 4-part webinar series, subject matter experts will share their expertise on foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, Vibrio, Cyclospora, and norovirus. Don’t miss this opportunity to dive into the science of foodborne illness.
Webinars are scheduled on each Tuesday from September 1 to September 22. Please see webinar details and registration information below.
Salmonella: Job Security for Food Microbiologists
During this webinar, Dr. Donald W. Schaffner will present his reflections on 30 years in food safety and risk assessment as reflected through Salmonella. He will present some of his own research, unpublished research, and reflections on current events.
Speaker: Donald W. Schaffner, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist, Rutgers University
September 1, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
Seafood Pathogens of Concern in Retail Establishments
During this webinar, attendees will learn about different seafood pathogens of concern at retail food establishments.
Speaker: Eugene E. Evans, CFP, Supervising Food Inspector, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
September 8, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
Cyclospora cayetanensis: Implications in Production and Processing of Fresh Produce
Cyclospora has been implemented in several recent outbreaks. This webinar will discuss Cyclospora and its implications in the production and processing of fresh produce.
Speaker: Ynés Ortega, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia
September 15, 2020
1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT
Norovirus 101: Overview and Updates for the "Perfect Pathogen"
Human norovirus continues to be the leading cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. and the majority of known outbreaks occur in retail and food service establishments. In this webinar, attendees will gain a better understanding of norovirus, including a basic overview of its structure and characteristics, considerations for control in food handling settings, and an update on some of the latest research and scientific advancements.
Speakers: Chip Manuel, PhD, Food Safety Science Advisor, GOJO Industries, Inc. and Matthew Moore, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
September 22, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
National Food Safety Education Month Industry Roundtable Cosponsored by the NEHA Business and Industry Affiliate
Rising Above the Challenges of COVID-19: A Food Safety Industry Roundtable
Sit in on a digital roundtable of food safety professionals who will discuss the current challenges faced by food safety programs and highlight their successes. Roundtable presenters will also answer your questions about keeping a focus on food safety during this unprecedented time.
Speakers: Caroline Friel, QA Regulatory Compliance Manager, Wawa, Inc.; Sadri Jazayeri, Quality Assurance, Food Safety Manager, Taco Bell Corp; and James O'Neal, Senior Manager, Brand Protection, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, Denny's
September 29, 2020
1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT
Recognizing Food Safety Heroes
We would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of food safety professionals who diligently ensure the safety of our food. Tell us about your food safety hero and we will showcase what makes them great during our celebration of Food Safety Education Month.
We thank you for all you do—now let's celebrate it!
NEHA Food Safety Resources
NEHA offers several credentials for food safety professionals who want to advance their careers and become experts in their respective fields.
NEHA's certificate programs have been designed for people working in food facilities—from manufacturing and processing to food service operations—to increase food safety knowledge, practices, and controls.
NEHA has created food safety resources for environmental health professionals responding to COVID-19, such as the Just in Time From NEHA Video Series, the COVID-19: Essential Functions of the Environmental Health Workforce Live Chat Series, COVID-19 FAQs for Food Establishments and Food Safety Regulators, and more.
NEHA offers a broad range of food safety resources including our E-Learning courses, food publications, policy statements, and more.
The September 2020 Journal of Environmental Health features an article that explores variation in Food and Drug Administration Food Code adoption among state regulatory agencies. You can now access a full copy of the article. Also, check out the Building Capacity and Direct From CDC columns that focus on food safety.