Foodborne Illness Testimonials

by Casey Saenz, Environmental Health Specialist 3

Recently, at a monthly staff meeting, our Food Program Manager Karen Gulley played for us a video testimonial regarding a case of food poisoning that led to a fatality.  After the video, she said something that was very important for all of us to hear.  She mentioned that sometimes, we, as inspectors, forget the importance of the risk factors for foodborne illness that are assessed during inspections.  Since we check various food service facilities on a daily basis, it is important that we don’t minimize the importance of what we do to help prevent foodborne illness by allowing what we do to become too routine.  This is as important—if not more important– for operators of food service facilities to keep in mind.

Since September is Food Safety Education Month, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a few foodborne illness testimonial videos to help remind all of us about those that count on us to keep their food safe and the importance of food safety.

Foodborne Illness Testimonial Videos Link:

https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/ucm608193.htm 

More testimonials can be viewed here:

https://goo.gl/XVm6AX

Happy Food Safety Month!

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Keep It Clean!

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During a recent study in our food service establishments of the common factors that cause foodborne illness, two areas identified as needing more attention were handwashing and keeping food & food contact surfaces protected and clean. Foodsafety.gov has provided a good summary of tips and facts to assist with gaining

knowledge and training in this area.  The Clean principle covers:

  • When and how to wash your hands
  • When and how to wash food contact surfaces
  • Where and how to wash fruits & vegetables (but not meat or poultry)

Plus, there’s a short summary video to tie it all together!

Let’s keep it clean!

 

Be Prepared for Severe Storms and Hurricanes!

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Recent reports of hurricanes along the East Coast prompts a reminder to check your preparedness status regarding food safety during emergencies.  Whether you’re a consumer or a food service operator, please check out the following:

A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms & Hurricanes provided by the US Department of Agriculture

Home Emergency Preparedness from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences of the University of Georgia

Be Prepared Georgia! brochure from the University of Georgia Extension

IT’S FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH: New Partnership Panel and Employee Health Campaign Launch!

Check out Episode #14 of our Food Safety Partnership Panel where we discuss The Risk Factor Challenge.  You will also be introduced to our Employee Health Achievers Campaign and receive the results of our recent Risk Factor Study.   Operators that successfully participate in the campaign will receive certificates of achievement and their establishment names will be posted on our website (click here to learn more).

Each of our Food Safety Partnership Panels (covering a variety of topics) is available on the Environmental Health Food Service section of our website and is about 30 minutes in length.  These can be used for review and training as applicable.  They are also shown regularly on Cobb TV and DCTV23.

   

4 STEPS TO FOOD SAFETY WHILE HAVING FUN!

As many will be wrapping up the summer season with Labor Day weekend fun and eats, this is just a reminder to think about food safety while doing so.  Please take a look at this short and to the point video about areas to focus on as we clean, separate, cook, and chill: Every Good Meal Should Start with Food Safety  produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Certified Food Safety Manager Class Coming to Douglas in August

There will be a ServSafe Class presented at our Douglas County Environmental Health office on August 28-29th.  Our office is in the Douglas Courthouse on Hospital Drive in Douglasville.  Registration will close on August 8th .  The registration form and links to other CFSM providers are found on our website.

As a reminder, every food service establishment is required to have a certified food safety manager (CFSM) with current certification that is actively engaged in overseeing the application of food handling and operations in their respective facility, unless otherwise exempt by the Georgia Food Service Rules and Regulations Chapter 511-6-1.  Please check your certification to ensure that the time has not lapsed.  Also, please share this information with others as applicable.