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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
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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
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
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.

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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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