The objective of our project is to advance Suffolk County's conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. Over the course of five years we will implement a strategic plan to increase our conformance with the standards. Our project includes updating our food code based on the current FDA Model Food Code, increasing active managerial control through Chinese and Spanish translations of our Food Manager's Course, updating our computerized food inspection program to track risk factors, updating our computerized food database to include the capability of sending email notifications to food service establishments, implementing hand washing demonstrations in our Food Manager's Class and preparing Go Packs for conducting food service inspections during an emergency. Technological improvements include a computerized test scoring system, a scanner for food service establishment floor plans and tablets for conducting food service inspections. Increased conformance with the national standards will contribute to a decrease in risk factors that contribute to food borne illness, reduced rates of foodborne illness at our regulated food service establishments and contribute to a nationally integrated food safety system.

Public Health Relevance

The objective of our project is to advance Suffolk County's conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. Increased conformance with the national standards will result in an increase in active managerial control, a decrease in the occurrence of risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness, reduced rates of foodborne illness at regulated food service establishments in Suffolk County and contribute to a more integrated national food safety system.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Type
Research Demonstration--Cooperative Agreements (U18)
Project #
5U18FD004660-03
Application #
8709830
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZFD1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Suffolk County Department/Health Services
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Hauppauge
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
11788