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Food Safety

Behavioral Science and Food Safety [PDF - 270 KB] – information about the importance of behavioral science research and methods in food-safety efforts. This is one in a series of monthly Environmental Health Services Branch columns in the Journal of Environmental Health.

Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) – links environmental health specialists with epidemiologists and laboratorians to identify and prevent environmental factors contributing to foodborne and waterborne illness and disease outbreaks

Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks – e-Learning course on how to use a systems approach in foodborne illness outbreak environmental assessments; participants learn how to investigate foodborne illness outbreaks as part of a response team, identify an outbreak’s environmental causes, and recommend appropriate control measures

NEW! Food Safety e-Learning Promo – video promoting CDC’s interactive e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Environmental Public Health Practice and CDC’s Food Safety Winnable Battle [PDF - 960 KB] – CDC’s work to improve environmental public health practice, including foodborne outbreak environmental assessments, food worker education and practices, and restaurant inspections

Food Safety Office (FSO) – helps coordinate CDC’s efforts in the prevention of illness, disability, and death due to foodborne diseases

Foodborne Illnesses – links to information about foodborne illnesses

FoodNet (Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network) – surveillance for foodborne diseases and related epidemiologic studies to help public health officials better understand the epidemiology of foodborne diseases in the United States

Food Protection – This section from Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners provides specific information on how practitioners can effectively prevent and respond to foodborne outbreaks and emphasizes food-security related issues

NVEAIS (National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System) – system for state and local food safety programs to enter environmental data from foodborne illness outbreak investigations

PulseNet – network of laboratories that perform standardized molecular subtyping (“fingerprinting”) of foodborne disease-causing bacteria

Research of Public Health Pioneer Leads to Reduced Foodborne Outbreaks [PDF - 86 KB] – NCEH celebrates Dr. Frank Bryan for his commitment to public health that has spanned five decades and resulted in fewer foodborne outbreaks and diseases in food safety

The Need for Partnerships for Food Safety [PDF - 93 KB] – how to prevent or reduce much of the burden of illness due to unsafe food by working in partnerships. This is one in a series of monthly Environmental Health Services Branch columns in the Journal of Environmental Health.

Reports by Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute Graduates

We have many food safety reports that were prepared by graduates of CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For these reports and others search the EPHLI fellow projects page.

Links to information from outside CDC

6 out of 10 Chickens are Infected with Campylobacter (San Mateo Health Department, California) – Multilingual training materials for restaurants on how to prevent campylobacter

Bioterrorist Attack on Food (Northwest Center for Public Health Practice) – tabletop exercise to address agency-wide policies and issues

Food and Drug Administration (Food and Drug Administration) (Food and Drug Administration) – information about food safety

Food Safety (National Association of City & County Health Officials) – featured food safety topics and useful links

Food Safety Modernization Act Primers (Network for Public Health Law) – series of primers addressing state and local authorities’ responsibilities, opportunities, and resources under the Food Safety Modernization Act

Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response [PDF - 2.5 MB] (Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response) – comprehensive information for individuals and organizations involved in foodborne disease

Introduction to Outbreak Investigation (Northwest Center for Public Health Practice) – online training module outlines specific steps to take in determining if you have an outbreak, how to communicate your findings to the public via the media, and more

National Assessment of Epidemiologic Capacity in Food Safety: Findings and Recommendations [PDF - 384 KB] (Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists) – report on the project to develop core competencies for foodborne outbreak and response by focusing on epidemiologic and laboratory capacity

Reflections on a Career in Public Health: Evolving Foodborne Pathogens, Environmental Health, and Food Safety Programs [PDF - 1.8 MB] – 2002 article by Frank Bryan, author or coauthor of more than 275 publications during his 40-year career in food safety

United States Department of Agriculture

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