Food Safety Program
Foodborne illness in the United States is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cause 48 million cases of illnesses, over 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually. Hospitalizations due to foodborne illnesses are estimated to cost over $3 billion dollars and lost productivity is estimated to cost between $20 billion and $40 billion each year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that foodborne illnesses are costing the United States economy more than $15.6 billion annually. NACCHO strives to support and work with local health departments to improve food safety and prevent foodborne illness. Click here to learn more about NACCHO's Food Safety Project.
In the Spotlight
Study of Retail Food Establishment Inspection Scoring and Grading Systems is a new NACCHO research brief that examines the way that LHDs use scores or grades to convey the results of their retail food establishment inspections. Through a cooperative agreement with the Food and Drug Administration, NACCHO conducted a surveyed local health departments to learn more about the prevalence of scoring and grading, the distribution of different types of scoring and grading systems, the relationship between systems and other food safety practices, and potential areas for further research. More »
NACCHO is pleased to announce the selection of a fourth cohort of participants in its Retail Program Standards Mentorship Program. The peer mentorship program provides opportunities to learn, share experiences, and acquire tools and resources related to the FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). NACCHO's program, now in its fourth year, pairs local health department practitioners who are experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with those newly enrolled and looking for assistance, guidance, tools, resources, and recommendations for success. Participants will design plans for reaching program milestones, conduct self-assessments, develop improvement plans, and conduct verification audits, among other learning activities. Participants will begin the program in early January 2015 and will complete it at the end of August 2015. Visit the Preparedness Brief blog for more details and a full listing of cohort members. More »
New CIFOR Publications
Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response and Development of Target Ranges for Selected Performance Measures in the CIFOR Guidelines
New! Second Edition of the CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response
New! Development of Target Ranges for Selected Performance Measures in the CIFOR Guidelines
Join NACCHO's Food Safety Leaders' List
Are you a leader or champion for food safety? NACCHO is recruiting local health department staff interested in receiving emails on food safety news, policy updates, events, and call to action items. As a subscriber to the Food Safety Leaders' List, you will have the opportunity to provide input on NACCHO's food safety positions and advocacy efforts that helps shape policy across the nation at local health departments. To subscribe, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address, name, organization/agency, and position.