September Is National Food Safety Month
Celebrate National Food Safety Month with these resources for food safety programs!
Celebrating Our 2015-2020 EHS-Net Partners
CDC congratulates the 2015-2020 Environmental Health Specialist Network (EHS-Net) partners for their work to identify and address the root causes of foodborne illness. EHS-Net is a collaboration of state, local, and federal agencies that conduct research in restaurants and other food retail settings to improve policies and practices. Our 2015-2020 EHS-Net partners published 8 studies on retail delis, food allergies, food cooling, and sick workers.
- Explore tools from EHS-Net
- Read our new summaries on how retail delis can address food safety gaps and key takeaways from four studies on food workers and handwashing.
- Check out more findings in plain language.
Foodborne Outbreak Contributing Factors: The Key to Prevention
Food preparation practices that lead to germs in food contribute to foodborne outbreaks. Environmental health and food safety staff can find these and other contributing factors for outbreaks and help prevent future outbreaks.
“NEARS [data] has been a valuable asset to…
target prevention efforts
in the field.”
– NEARS User
NEARS Helps Target Prevention Efforts
Our National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) found that norovirus outbreaks in restaurants were smaller and shorter when restaurants had preventive practices such as cleaning policies, food safety training, and certified food safety managers on staff. These findings suggest that restaurants can take steps to reduce the impact of outbreaks.
Check out more of our food safety tools, training, and research for environmental health professionals.
Explore CDC graphics, videos, and social media messages on how to “Be a Food Safety Superhero”
Find resources from our partners.
- E. coli O157:H7 Illness Outbreak Associated with Ground Beef, 2019external icon (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service [USDA/FSIS])
- Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Responseexternal icon (Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response)
- Long-Term Outcomes of Foodborne Outbreak Investigations: Preventionexternal icon (USDA/FSIS)
- Mentorship Program for the Retail Program Standardsexternal icon (National Association of County and City Health Officials, apply by 10/13)
- NEHA Celebrates National Food Safety Education Monthexternal icon (National Environmental Health Association, NEHA)
- Roadmap to Reducing Salmonella Public Meeting on 9/22external icon (USDA/FSIS, registerexternal icon in advance)
- Toolkit for Preventing Foodborne Illness at Home and Schoolexternal icon (USDA/FSIS)