The Importance of the Environmental Component of Foodborne Illness Outbreak Investigations
This session will explore the importance of the environmental component of foodborne illness investigations to outbreak prevention and intervention. A CDC speaker will discuss CDC’s new foodborne illness outbreak surveillance system (National Environmental Assessment Reporting System [NEARS]). A microbiologist will discuss his environmental investigation process and techniques, and a representative from New York State Department of Health, will discuss the process and importance of the environmental component of foodborne illness outbreak investigations from a state-level perspective.
- Understand the goals of CDC’s National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS).
- Describe information gathered during the environmental component of outbreak investigations.
- List environmental investigation techniques and methods.
- Describe the environmental role in a foodborne illness outbreak investigation.
- Understand how NEARS can be implemented by your Food Safety Program.
- Describe the difference between contributing factors and environmental antecedents.
- Vince Radke, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch
- Jeff Kornacki, Ph.D. President, Kornacki Microbiology Solutions
- David Nicholas, Bureau of Community Environmental Health and Food Protection, New York State Department of Health