Food Safety

Retail Program Standards Blog Series: Standard 8

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) are designed to help food regulatory programs enhance the services they provide to the public. This post is…

Unsung Heroes: State and Local Public Health Officials Innovating in Outbreak Investigations

A recent article in Food Safety Magazine describes the daily efforts of state and local environmental public health officials to investigate localized foodborne illness outbreaks. While these smaller outbreaks do not always garner significant media…

Findings from CDC’s National Environmental Assessment Reporting System

Most foodborne outbreaks occur in retail food establishments like restaurants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at 403 foodborne outbreaks reported to CDC’s National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS). An environmental assessment…