National School Lunch Week 2017: Communication

Part 3 of the Food-Safe Schools Action Guide encourages communication, which is important in all areas of food service. Communication with local partners, such as, school nutrition managers, school administrators, school nurses, emergency planners, and even students, is very important in cultivating an environment of food safety. Please see the food safe schools link for further information within the action guide on how school nutrition professionals are encouraged to communicate with various partners:

http://foodsafeschools.org/index.php/communicate/

– Submitted by Danielle Pierre, MPH Intern

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National School Lunch Week 2017: Action Sheets

To continue our discussion for National School Lunch Week 2017 (October 9th-13th), we will dive into the other two parts of the Food-Safe Schools Action Guide: ACT and COMMUNICATE.  The USDA Food and Nutrition Services’ Office of Food Safety suggests that after school nutrition professionals assess their current food safety efforts, they use action sheets to help build a framework for each area of focus. Action sheets may include, but are not limited to the following areas: training and education, employee health, produce safety, and managing food allergens. Please see the following link for a complete list of action sheets suggested by the Office of Food Safety:

http://foodsafeschools.org/index.php/assemble-a-team/

– Submitted by Danielle Pierre, MPH Intern

Test Your Knowledge – Food Safety Education Month (Week 4)

As National Food Safety Education Month wraps up, test your knowledge regarding some of the information shared via our blog this month by taking a short quiz provided by our MPH intern, Danielle Pierre.  [The answers are provided at the end.]    If you have trouble answering any of them, scan back over our September posts for more information.

Best wishes—and always think Food Safety!

~Karen Gulley
Environmental Health County Manager
Center for Environmental Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Direct link to quiz:

https://ehfoodblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/food-safety-quiz-9-29-17.pdf

 

FOOD ALLERGEN AWARENESS – FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH (WEEK 4)

We now turn our attention to the importance of food allergen awareness during this final week of National Food Safety Education Month.  Although some reactions to allergens in food are mild, many are severe and can be life-threatening.  Whether you are a consumer or worker in a food service establishment, please check out the facts, posters, and other tools provided by FoodSafety.gov to assist you with food allergen awareness and response.

Direct link:

https://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/allergens/

GUIDANCE FOR DEALING WITH POWER OUTAGES AND WATER DAMAGE DURING EMERGENCIES

Some areas throughout Georgia are still without power and dealing with water damage as a result of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma.  Please be reminded that only food service operations with a previously approved Emergency Operations Plan are allowed to operate more than 2 hours without power or water per the Georgia Department of Public Health Food Service Rules and Regulations.  All other facilities must cease operation and contact the health department for further guidance.  [In Cobb: 770-435-7815  or Douglas: 770-920-7311]

For helpful information to assist the public in regard to keeping safe in emergency situations, especially in regard to power outages and flooding, please see the following links:

Food Safety:  

USDA:  Food Safety During Power Outages Infographic

CDPH:  Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety During Emergencies

 

Mold Clean-up and Removal:

YouTube:  Preventing Mold After a Disaster

Private Well Water Disinfection after Flooding:

EPA:  Wells – What to Do After the Flood

Septic Systems after Flooding:

EPA:  Septic Systems – What to Do After the Flood

INFOGRAPHIC ON CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO FOODBORNE ILLNESS

It is now Week 2 of National Food Safety Education Month.  The CDC has made an informative infographic available for download that provides areas to focus on to help minimize foodborne illness.  Other Food Safety resources are available as well at the following link:

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/publications/cf-infographic.html