FDA Research Study: Consumer Vegetable and Fruit Washing Practices in the United States
FDA has published a research study on food safety in the Food Protection Trends
journal. The researchers conducted a telephone survey to track consumers' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward vegetable and fruit washing. The FDA found that there should be targeted educational campaigns that emphasize the importance of washing produce, especially fruits with hard rinds. Click to read.
Risk of Drinking Raw (Unpasteurized) Milk
The CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have posted resources on their websites on the risks of drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk. The resources discuss what harmful bacteria are present in raw milk, who is at risk of getting ill from drinking raw milk, why raw or natural foods are not necessarily better than processed foods, how milk gets contaminated, what information is available on raw milk-related outbreaks, and how to minimize the risk of getting sick. Learn more at CDC raw milk feature and HHS raw milk.
Preparedness during an Emergency
The Food and Drug Administration has provided information about food safety precautions during hurricanes, power outages, and floods. Click to read.
FDA Retail Food Safety Initiative
The FDA's retail food safety initiative calls for more funding and training to bolster our nation's corps of local food inspectors to ensure that the food we buy at grocery stores, restaurants, and other retail outlets is safe. Specific action steps include seeking additional funding for multi-year grants supporting local and state programs and expanding high-quality, universally accessible training opportunities for local food regulators. Click for more.
CDC 2011 Estimates of Foodborne Illness
The full 2011 burden of foodborne illness release is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and includes information about incidence, mortality, and methodology. Click to read.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign
The DHS campaign "If You See Something, Say Something" provides information on how to improve the food security in food service and retail food establishments. Learn more.
Healthy People 2020: Food Safety Objectives
The Department of Health and Human Services released its Healthy People 2020 objectives for food safety. Learn more.
CDC's Vital Signs: Making Food Safer to Eat
CDC has a Vital Signs specifically on food safety. This edition "Incidence and Trends of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly through Food - Food Borne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 U.S. Sites, 1996 - 2010" summarizes 2010 surveillance data and describes trends in food safety since 1996. Learn more.
GAO Report on FDA's Food Advisory and Recall Process
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report, FDA's Food Advisory and Recall Process Needs Strengthening, which presents their findings and recommendations on the FDA's food recall process. Learn more.
RRT Manual of Best Practices
The manual features tools for program improvement on response, such as communication standard operating procedures (SOPs), traceback, joint investigations, etc. This manual along with the upcoming volume will establish metrics for rapid response capabilities that will allow RRTs to assess their status, create improvement plans, and measure accomplishments and impact. The manual is available upon requests to the Division of Federal-State Relations (DFSR) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FDA Food Defense 101
Food Defense 101 provides training in preparedness against an intentional attack against our food supply. The courses provide an understanding of and guidance for developing a Food Defense Plan(s) based on a common sense approach. Learn more.
FDA Food Defense Builder
The Food Defense Plan Builder is a user-friendly software program designed to assist owners and operators of food facilities with developing personalized food defense plans for their facilities. Learn more.
FDA Educational Videos to Enhance Retail Food Safety Efforts
FDA's Oral Culture Learner Project provides materials and methods to help food employees understand the reasons why following proper food safety practices is important to prevent illnesses, deaths, and loss of income and reputation resulting from food-related outbreaks. Learn more.
CDC e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
The e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks is a free interactive online course to help prepare individuals to serve on a team that investigates foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants and other food service venues. Continuing education units are available. Learn more.
The National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS)
The National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS) is a new surveillance system targeted to jurisdictions that inspect and regulate restaurants and other food venues such as banquet facilities, schools, and other institutions. The system provides an avenue to capture underlying environmental assessment data that describes what happened and how events most likely led to a foodborne illness outbreak. Learn more.
Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD)
The FOOD tool is a web-based platform for searching CDC's Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System database. FOOD provides access to national information and is intended to be used for limited descriptive summaries of outbreak data. Learn more.