September is National Food Safety Education Month! 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 while informing, educating, and improving 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.
This September, please join us as we share the most up-to-date learning materials and best practices from our members, educators, and public health professionals.
FDA Food Code Policy Statement
NEHA issued a policy statement recommending the complete adoption and implementation of the current U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Code (FDA) by all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governmental agencies to promote the most current knowledge on food safety.
Updated as of June 2019, the U.S. FDA Food Code assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of government by providing them with a framework and guidance for regulating the retail and food service industries.
NEHA believes that complete adoption of the current Food Code in retail food establishments will likely reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses.
Food Safety Credentials and Certifications
NEHA offers several credentials and certifications for food safety professionals who are looking to advance their career and become experts in their respective field.
- Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA)
- Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)
- Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS)
- Certified Foodborne Outbreak Investigator (CFOI)
Food Safety Certificate Programs
Certified Professional Food Handler
The Professional Food Handler Certificate can be obtained online, by reading the book, or with an instructor. The course material is based on the 2017 FDA Food Code and is ideal for meeting the state and local requirements for food handler employee training. The Food Handler Program is a certified ANSI Certificate Training Program. Participants will be eligible to receive their Professional Food Handler Certificate upon course completion and passing the exam.
Certified Professional Food Manager
NEHA offers many resources to help you become a Certified Professional Food Manager. The course material can be learned in a classroom with a NEHA Food Safety Instructor, by reading the textbook, or online. The Professional Food Manager Program supplies culinary and hospitality professionals and students with the knowledge needed to pass the CFP/ANSI-approved exam while helping to ensure the continued successful execution of food safety best practices in the workplace. The program is updated to the 2017 FDA Food Code.
Foodborne Illness Outbreak Environmental Assessment Certificate Training
The FBEA certificate training is designed for environmental health specialists who want to take the most in-depth training available on environmental assessments and foodborne outbreaks. A working understanding of foodborne outbreak investigations and basic experience with routine inspections are recommended.
NEHA HACCP Courses
NEHA offers online HACCP training resources that are approved by the International HACCP Alliance and follow the principles of the International Codex Alimentarius. Participants will learn to incorporate the principles of risk-based inspections and management into comprehensive training programs. The HACCP courses have trained thousands of professionals and the courses take less than two hours.
Additional Education + Training Resources
- NEHA ONLINE COURSES
- FOOD SAFETY PUBLICATIONS
- CIFOR RESOURCES
- ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS
- CDC FOOD SAFETY MONTH RESOURCES
- CIFOR BLOG POST (NACCHO)
Across the country, environmental health professionals are exploring new methods to ensure people’s safety, as entrepreneurs and foodies have driven up the demand for food truck friendly communities. Up-and-coming cities like Denver have benefitted from being welcoming to the food truck industry, and their health departments can serve as examples for other cities who may want to follow suit. NEHA interviewed Maggie Staab, CP-FS, to learn about being a Public Health Investigator and the lead food truck inspector for Denver, Colorado.
NEHA Past President Vince Radke devoted his column in the September 2018 Journal of Environmental Health to the importance of food safety in our daily lives and communities. The column explores the safety of our food in the U.S., highlights the progress made in some areas of food safety, provides several examples of new tools available to help us understand why foodborne illness occurs, and speaks to the importance of partnerships.
Several public health sanitarians at the Lake County General Health District shared their story behind the creation and development of the innovative Food Safety Ninja Website. NEHA interviewed Davene Sarroco-Smith, REHS/RS about the project and the engaging content that was produced. The website also contains great videos and posters that could be used in your food safety training program.