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New Online Course: Legal Aspects of Public Health Food Safety

Together with the Network for Public Health Law, NWCPHP is excited to announce its newest online course, Legal Aspects of Public Health Food Safety.

Together with the Network for Public Health Law, NWCPHP is excited to announce its newest online course, Legal Aspects of Public Health Food Safety.

January 7, 2014

Despite the many systems and extensive efforts to protect the US food supply, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million Americans get sick every year from foodborne illness. Some who have foodborne illness only have mild symptoms, but others experience more serious effects that result in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths per year.

As a public health professional, your role is critical to assuring a safe food supply and to responding to possible foodborne illness. What is the scope of state and local public health authority for food safety? If you find yourself involved in investigating a possible foodborne outbreak, do you know what personal information is protected by privacy laws and what may be shared?

In NWCPHP's newest online course, you'll be introduced to the legal issues that arise in public health food safety, from surveillance and outbreak investigation through restaurant inspections and detention of food. The course includes information on a variety of food safety topics, including health privacy laws, food code, inspections, exclusion of infected employees, and procedural due process.

After completing this one-hour course, you should be able to:

  • Identify federal privacy requirements related to food safety surveillance and foodborne illness outbreak response.
  • Describe the source and scope of state and local authority related to food safety.
  • Explain the administrative process for developing food safety regulations.
  • Identify the food safety control measures available to state and local authorities.
  • List common legal issues encountered during the enforcement of state and local food safety provisions.

NWCPHP's Legal Aspects of Public Health Food Safety course is available at no cost to the public. The content for this course was developed in partnership with the Network for Public Health Law. This course is one of a series of public health law trainings funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that will be released in 2014.

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