September is National Food Safety Education Month

NEHA Celebrates National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month. It is a great time to highlight knowledge from the food safety community and explore new ways to prevent foodborne illnesses. NEHA works hard to deliver food safety education all year and 2018 has been exceptionally special. 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. 

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 President Vince Radke has devoted his September column in the 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.

Food Safety Credentials

Do you work in the global food supply chain or have an interest in preventing foodborne illness outbreaks?

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) worked alongside subject matter experts to develop credentials that can help build capacity for the supply chain and keep food safe. Ultimately, the goal of these credentials is to sustain a workforce of competent, qualified individuals who can prevent foodborne illness and food safety breaches.

These credentials include:

Upcoming in-person training review courses for NEHA's credentialing program will take place November 12-13 prior to the Food Safety Consortium. To register or to learn more e-mail credentialing@neha.orgor call 303-756-9090 ext. 339. In-person training courses are:

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 

Environmental Assessments 

NEARS toolkit

CDC Food Safety Month Resources


Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018