Conference for Food Protection

2018 Biennial Meeting

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Issue Number: Council II 020

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PSC 8 - Approval & Posting of Updated Foodborne Illness Training Crosswalk

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New and updated foodborne disease outbreak training programs will continue to be developed and all target agencies could benefit from a process that updates a list of available trainings and reviews the programs. The 2016-2018 CFP Program Standards Committee updated the Crosswalk - Requirements for Foodborne Illness Training Programs Based on Standard 5 (Crosswalk). This document is currently posted on the CFP website; posting the updated Crosswalk will provide a tool that will facilitate the development of robust foodborne illness training programs.

Public Health Significance

Delays in reporting or investigating a possible foodborne disease outbreak can prolong an outbreak event, potentially resulting in further illness or economic disruption. Effective training of public health professionals, health agencies, universities and industry in outbreak response can mitigate the negative impact of any outbreak. However, these entities may not be aware of the foodborne disease outbreak trainings that are currently available.

The Program Standards Committee believes that these opportunities provide the chance for the Conference for Food Protection to continue to influence the food and beverage community, health agencies, and universities through the review of their Foodborne Illness Training programs to determine if their program is complete and meets the requirements as outlined in Standard 5 of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

  1. Approval of the updated document titled "Crosswalk - Requirements for Foodborne Illness Training Programs" (Crosswalk) (revision date 11/3/17) and authorizing the Conference to make any necessary edits prior to posting the document on the CFP website to assure consistency of format and non-technical content; edits will not affect the technical content of the document. Attached as a content document to Issue titled: Report - Program Standards Committee (PSC).
  2. Replace the existing PDF file on the CFP website with the updated Crosswalk document.

The Conference also recommends charging the Program Standards Committee with:

  1. Maintaining the "Crosswalk - Requirements for Foodborne Illness Training Programs" document as a resource for content baseline for foodborne illness training;
  2. Evaluating the following references for inclusion in the Crosswalk document:
    a) CDC EHS e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
    b) FDA Food Related Emergency Exercise Bundle (FREE-B)[CA(1]
    c) IS-305: Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) Awareness Level
    d) NEHA Certified Foodborne Outbreak Investigator Credential (CFOI)
    e) Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (CoE) Webinar Series; and
  3. Reporting back any findings and recommendations to each biennial meeting of the Conference for Food Protection.

Submitter Information 1

Name Angie Cyr
Organization Program Standards Committee
Address Minnesota Department of Health Food, Pools and Lodging Services Section
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Telephone 651-201-5634

Submitter Information 2

Name Michael Roberson
Organization Program Standards Committee
Address Publix Super Markets Inc.
1936 George Jenkins Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33815
Telephone 863-688-1188 ext. 32422

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