Environmental Health

Using NEARS To Enhance Foodborne Illness Outbreak Response

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) is a surveillance system used to capture environmental assessment data from foodborne illness outbreak investigations. Local retail food regulatory programs that participate in…

FDA Funding Opportunity: Food Regulatory Program Standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new funding opportunity for state, tribal and territorial governments enrolled in the Voluntary Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. The intended outcome of this project is to…

CDC Vital Signs: Update on Zika Virus–Associated Birth Defects

A new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents the latest findings on Zika infection in pregnant women and babies and the importance of prevention and early care. This report…

Research Article: Whole Genome Sequencing and Salmonella Outbreaks

Investigating multistate foodborne outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with chicken is especially challenging due  to the numerous available brands of poultry meat and high consumption rates among U.S. populations. PubMed recently published a research article titled, “Utility of…