September Is National Food Safety Month

Celebrate National Food Safety Month with these resources for food safety programs!

Join us in celebrating 20 years of food safety research!

Congratulations on 20 years! CDC’s Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net), established in 2000, brings together state and local environmental health programs, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). EHS-Net researches food safety policies and practices and investigates foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants. EHS-Net has conducted 15 collaborative research studies; state and local EHS-Net programs also conduct their own individual research projects. 

  • Explore tools from EHS-Net partners
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Screenshot from EATS training.

“NEARS [data] has been a valuable asset to…
target prevention efforts
in the field.”

– NEARS User

Is your jurisdiction using NEARS to 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.

Explore our resources on environmental assessments, an important part of outbreak investigations.

Learn about tools to help environmental health staff conduct environmental assessments and how environmental assessment data improve public health outcomes in our columnexternal icon in the September issue of the Journal of Environmental Health.

  • You can also take our Environmental Assessment Training Series (EATS) 101 training to learn concepts, key skills, and steps for environmental assessments of restaurants implicated in an outbreak and practice these skills in simulated environments.
  • Learn more about how food safety programs can use environmental assessments to respond to outbreaks of foodborne illness and make recommendations to prevent them in the future.

Want More?

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Check out more of our food safety tools, training, and research for environmental health professionals.

Explore CDC graphics, videos, and social media messages to get tips from Food Safety Chef about keeping food safe when cooking at home.