Alert Regarding Hepatitis A

There has been a recent increase in the number of Hepatitis A (HAV) cases reported in the state of Georgia.  HAV is a highly contagious disease that affects the liver, and a person may have HAV several days before showing  any signs and symptoms.  Food service operators are asked to please ensure good hygienic practices are adhered to and that all workers are aware of employee health reporting requirements.   

The Hepatitis A fact sheet prepared by the Georgia Department of Public Health provides a good summary that may be utilized in food service establishments to assist with the education of staff members and to assist in monitoring.

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Employee Health Awareness Is on the Rise in Cobb and Douglas!

About 200 food service managers and operators have taken and passed our Employee Health and Hygiene quiz since it began in September.  Please take some time to check out the growing list of foodservice establishments in Cobb and Douglas that have been designated as Employee Health Achievers on our website.  While there, you can also learn how your facility can be added to the list!

S-A-L-U-T-E to our newest achievers!

Employee Health Achiever Recognitions

More than 100 individuals have scored 100% on the Employee Health and Hygiene quiz since the beginning of September when the Employee Health Achievers campaign began.  Take a look at our growing list of facilities that have achieved recognition as Employee Health Achievers.  Congratulations goes out to each of them! 

If you’re interested in finding out the requirements for this special recognition and how to access the quiz, please visit Become an Employee Health Achiever on our website.

FACILITIES RECOGNIZED FOR EMPLOYEE HEALTH ACHIEVEMENT

The first of the facilities being recognized as Employee Health Achievers  have been posted on our website —having met the requirements during the first month of our campaign (September 2018).   The list will be updated once a month, and we already have quite a few more to add for the month of October.  For more information regarding the criteria for recognition during this campaign, check out our Food Service page.

Congratulations to the first of our Achievers!

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.

   

Cobb-Douglas Risk Factor Study Results

From March 2017 to April 2018, the Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) Center for Environmental Health conducted a Risk Factor Study of its food service facilities to help measure the success of the CDPH Food Program in reducing the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors.  For this study, about 290 food service establishments were randomly selected in the health district for assessment regarding the factors determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to contribute to the majority of foodborne illnesses:  food from unsafe sources, inadequate cooking, improper holding/time and temperature, contaminated equipment/cross contamination, poor personal hygiene.   In addition to a need to improve upon Employee Health Policy compliance being identified, the following were observed to have the highest percentage of non-compliance during the course of the study:  proper cold holding, cleaned & sanitized equipment, and personal hygienic practices.

Over the next few weeks, information regarding intervention strategies that will be implemented by CDPH to help improve compliance regarding these risk factors and public health interventions will be introduced.  The strategies are considered to be practical ways to enhance food safety.  There will be an opportunity for individual and facility recognition as well.  Stay tuned!

National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month.  During this first week, we are pleased to announce the availability of  the 12th episode of our Food Safety Partnership Panel entitled Back to the Basics: Risk Factors 101.  This episode covers the main areas of focus during food service inspections and provides a demonstration of the clean-up response to an incident of vomitus in an establishment, as well as a presentation of the main components of an employee health policy.

All of the Partnership Panel episodes can be viewed on our website at the following link:

http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/environmental-health/food-services/food-safety-partnership-panels/

Over the next four weeks, we will emphasize specific areas to assist you with your food safety knowledge.  Be sure to check out our Food Service page for more Partnership Panel episodes along with helpful tools and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).