Food Safety Outreach Fosters Real-World Impact

Throughout 2017, NEHA delivered food safety trainings to more than 400 environmental health professionals across the country. We traveled with an instructor cadre of public health experts, and visited Vermont, Alabama, Oregon, Alaska, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, California, Maryland, and Illinois.

The majority of these courses were developed for the FDA, and covered important topics and challenges that the food industry is facing in the world today.

The courses that were deployed include the following:

Temporary Food Establishments

Participants discussed temporary food establishments, such as those set up for a fair, carnival, or other special events. NEHA, alongside the instructors, helped to address questions about food preparation in facilities that might have minimal space or sanitary facilities, and how to support and improve practices for temporary situations.

Food Safety Issues in the Event of Disasters

This course addressed how food issues should be handled if a disaster such as a fire, flood, earthquake, or tornado happened. The instructors led interactive lessons, and some shared their experience with national disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.

Special Processes at Retail

Certain processes that occur in food facilities require additional oversight and management. The course addressed HACCP plans and approaches for reduced oxygen packaging (ROP), smoking, curing, live molluscan shellfish tanks, and food additives, among many other unique practices.

NEHA especially appreciated the experts who helped lead these courses. The instructors have more than 250 years of combined environmental health experience, and were the key to success. The instructors who participated include:

  • Gary Coleman, REHS/RS, CP-FS, ASQ Certified Auditor. Food Safety Trainer and Consultant with H Coleman Food Safety Consultants, LLC.
  • Brian Collins, MS, REHS, DAAS. Retired Director of Public Health for City of Plano, TX.
  • Michelle DiMaggio, REHS, Retail Food Program Supervisor with Contra Costa County, Environmental Health Division in California.
  • Gary W. Elliot, MA, REHS. Former Supervisor for the Division of Food Protection at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
  • John J. Guzewich, MPH. Retired Senior Advisor for Environmental Health for the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • Frank O’Sullivan, REHS. Frank O’Sullivan Consulting, NSF Consultant.
  • Rich Ritota, MA. President of Food Safe Systems, LLC, Former Program Manager for the New Jersey Department of Health.
  • George Zameska, MS. Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Paster Training, Inc.

Some of our highlights from the courses:


Additional Outreach

In addition to the cooperative agreement outreach, NEHA also facilitated the Professional Food Safety Auditoring Training at the Food Safety Summit, participated in a panel session at the S3 Symposium on Food Systems and Public Health, and joined an Instructors Training course. Learn more about these courses in our previous post.

Release Date: 
Monday, June 26, 2017