The Role of Environmental Assessments in Outbreak Investigations

Outbreak investigations often involve a partnership between labs, epidemiologists, and food safety professionals. This presentation will help describe how doing an environmental assessment (not an inspection) can impact an investigation. Discovering how the outbreak occurred by determining what the contributing factors and antecedents were will also be discussed.

Every outbreak can be an opportunity to learn something new regarding safer ways to handle foods and how to prevent other outbreaks from happening.

Featured Speaker

Janet Anderberg
Food Safety Program Public Health Advisor
Washington State Department of Health

Learning Objectives

  • Better understand the scope and complexity of food borne outbreak investigations
  • Understand the steps involved in an environmental assessment
  • Describe what contributing factors are and how they are determined.
  • Understand how information and lessons learned from an outbreak can prevent future outbreaks
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST