Happy National Food Safety Education Month!

September is National Food Safety Education Month! This observance is a great time to celebrate the tireless work of food safety professionals as well as highlight educational resources available to support the retail food workforce, decision- and policymakers, regulators, academia, and the public to lower the incidence of foodborne illness.

Several of the Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative (Collaborative) partners have collected tools and resources or promoted events to celebrate the month. Check out the many ways the Collaborative is celebrating National Food Safety Education Month below!

The Association of Food and Drug Officials and the Partnership for Food Safety Education joined forces for Food Safety Delivered: New Resources You Need for National Food Safety Education Month, on Wednesday, August 25. This webinar highlighted brand-new resources and other shareable content focused on food safety in the delivery environment with important, relevant information throughout National Food Safety Education Month and into the holiday season. A recording of the webinar can be accessed on Fight BAC’s webpage.

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ (CDC) National Food Safety Month webpage highlights resources for environmental health staff, including restaurant food safety research findings and information on CDC’s National Environmental Assessment Reporting System and other environmental assessment resources. The page also links to additional CDC food safety tools, training, and research, and selected resources from other organizations, including the Collaborative’s Food Code Adoption Toolkit.

The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has collected resources targeted to public audiences including general information related to safe food handling in home kitchens and while grocery shopping, and more targeted information for pregnant women, young adults, and middle and high school classrooms. Find these materials and many more on FDA’s National Food Safety Education Month webpage.

In 2020, the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) conducted a study to understand why certain local health jurisdictions unenroll or never enroll in the Retail Program Standards titled Factors Associated with Local Health Departments’ Initial and Continual Enrollment in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards: A Qualitative Study. This study is one of many resources NACCHO is highlighting for National Food Safety Education Month. They have also provided several webinars on their Food Safety webpage including a sharing Session on the Retail Program Standards Clearinghouse and Specialized Food Processes – Acidified Foods.

And finally, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has been hosting their Emerging Trends in Food Safety Webinar Series and recognizing food safety heroes during their month-long campaign. The last webinar in the series will be hosted September 28, 2021 and all previous webinars recordings are available on-demand on NEHA’s website.

The Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaborative is proud to support the work of food safety professionals at every level with our constantly growing collection of Tools and Resources during National Food Safety Education Month and beyond.