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USDA’s Focus on Nutrition and Food Safety in Schools. Jeannie Sneed, PhD, RD, CP-FS Food Safety Specialist USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Food Safety. USDA Foods Food Recalls Food Safety Education. USDA FOODS: Safe, Nutritious, Tasty. USDA Food Safety Requirements.

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Usda s focus on nutrition and food safety in schools

USDA’s Focus on Nutrition and Food Safety in Schools

Jeannie Sneed, PhD, RD, CP-FS

Food Safety Specialist

USDA Food and Nutrition Service


Food safety

Food Safety

  • USDA Foods

  • Food Recalls

  • Food Safety Education


Usda s focus on nutrition and food safety in schools

USDA FOODS:

Safe, Nutritious, Tasty


Usda food safety requirements

USDA Food Safety Requirements

  • Products must be U.S. produced and domestic origin

  • Meet all requirements of Food Safety and Inspection Service and Food and Drug Administration

  • Contractors must demonstrate ability to provide a safe, quality, and wholesome product prior to contract

  • Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) examines operations to make sure they meet contract requirements

  • Contract quality assurance for some products


Food safety requirements cont

Food Safety Requirements, cont.

  • Vendors must be able to trace products

  • Product testing for microorganisms

    • Egg products, diced chicken, dried cranberries, dried cherries, trail mix, raw ground beef and bison, boneless beef, and raw ground turkey.

    • Zero tolerance for E. coli O157:H7and Salmonella

  • All canned fruits and vegetables—14 day hold

  • All fruit and vegetable suppliers must pass annual facility audit

  • All fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers must pass annual Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices


Food safety requirements cont1

Food Safety Requirements, cont.

  • Vendors must have a food defense plan

  • Vendors must secure all delivery units with tamper-proof, tamper-resistant, serially numbered high security seals on trucks and rail cars.

    For more information:

    http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5080613


Food recalls

Food Recalls

  • USDA Foods only; represents 15-20% of food used by schools

  • Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 1946

    • Set up 3-tiered administration of program

    • USDA has agreement with State Agency

    • State Agency has agreement with local school district

  • State knows:

    • What school districts get which product

    • Code numbers used by state for tracking

      To sign up for recall notifications: www.recalls.gov


Food safety education

Food Safety Education

  • Science based

  • Focused on needs of audiences

    • Foodservice Directors

    • Foodservice Workers


A look at the data

A look at the data


Norovirus education

Norovirus Education

  • Number 1 cause

  • of outbreaks in

  • schools

  • Very easily spread

  • All school employees

  • need to know about

  • clean up


Food allergies

Food Allergies

  • Webinars

  • Podcasts

  • CDC Guidance

  • Educational materials


Produce safety

Produce Safety

  • Produce Safety Fact Sheet

  • Produce Safety University


Cooling study

Cooling Study


Food safe school action guide

Food Safe School Action Guide


Food defense

Food Defense

  • Biosecurity Checklist

  • Tabletop Exercise


Center of excellence in school food safety

Center of Excellence in School Food Safety

Purpose: Provide science base for food safety education

programs.


Usda s focus on nutrition and food safety in schools

QUESTIONS

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food and Nutrition Services

Jeannie Sneed, PhD, RD, CP-FS

Food Safety Specialist

jeannie.sneed@fns.usda.gov


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