September Is National Food Safety Month

Celebrate National Food Safety Month with these resources for food safety programs! Find information on food safety training, reporting, and research, along with new resources from other CDC colleagues and partners.

Take EATS 102: CDC’s latest course for investigating foodborne illness outbreaks

The skills needed to investigate outbreaks of foodborne illness are different from those needed to inspect restaurants. EATS 101 and 102 address environmental assessments and the critical role of environmental health staff. With EATS 102, you can practice applying environmental assessment skills in multiple outbreak scenarios.

Read our column on EATS in the September issue of Journal of Environmental Health.

What Are the Benefits of EATS?

It’s free and available anytime: Take the courses at your own pace in this online learning program.

It’s practical: Learn how to identify an outbreak’s environmental causes, recommend appropriate control measures, and practice conducting virtual environmental assessments.

You can earn continuing education units (CEUs) from CDC after completing the courses and final evaluation (optional).

Screenshot from EATS training of a manager in an office.
What are People Saying about EATS?

“Loved the addition of the perspective of both the farm and the processing plant: helps me as an inspector in retail have a grasp on the further ramification of any investigation I conduct.”

Sign up for NEARS: CDC’s National Environmental Assessment Reporting System

Cover image of NVEAIS Instruction Manual.

NEARS captures environmental assessment data from foodborne illness outbreak investigations to help prevent outbreaks associated with restaurants and other food venues. You can access and use your NEARS data at any time to

  • Identify environmental causes of outbreaks in your jurisdiction.
  • Evaluate and improve your food safety program based on established guidelines.
  • Focus limited program resources on actions with the highest impact.
  • Help your program meet the Food and Drug Administration’s Retail Food Program Standards.
How Can I Learn More About NEARS?

Spend an hour getting to know this surveillance system with an on-demand NEARS webinar.External

Explore our summary reports for information on characteristics of previous outbreaks and the establishments where the outbreaks occurred.

Check our participant map to see if your jurisdiction is registered.

Learn More about Our New Studies on Retail Deli Practices

Reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) and other germs that cause foodborne illness and outbreaks. Explore our new studies on retail deli practices.

Graphic image of a deli counter with a customer speaking to food worker.
  • Most delis keep food cold enough to reduce growth of Lm and other germs that cause foodborne illness and outbreaks, but 1 in 6 delis do not. We recommend food safety programs and delis
    • Encourage or require kitchen managers to be certified in food safety.
    • Monitor and record refrigerator temperatures.
  • Most delis inspect their slicers, but only 1 in 4 reported inspecting their slicers as often as recommended. We recommend food safety programs and delis
    • Ensure delis have trained and knowledgeable staff.
    • Focus interventions on independent and smaller delis.

Want More?

Check out more of our food safety resources for environmental health professionals, including infographics.

Explore more CDC resources, including

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Page last reviewed: August 28, 2018