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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.

EHS Food Safety – Resources on training, research, and tools and guidance for EH practitioners.

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.

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 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.

Food Safety Fact Sheet [PDF - 261 KB] – Fact sheet from National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) Local Board of Health Environmental Health Primer.

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.

National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) – 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] – Article on 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 (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.

NYC Restaurant Inspection Results Smartphone Application (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) – NYC Health Department’s smartphone app with restaurant inspection grades. Learn more about this EHS-Net grantee’s program in the September 2015 Journal of Environmental Health column [PDF - 633 KB] and this video presentation.

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.

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