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Investigation and Response to Food Safety Incidents and Emergencies

INSTITUTION

POLHN

SUBJECT

Food Safety

MODULES

10

courses

Every year in Western Pacific Region 125 million people become ill and 50.000 die from consuming unsafe food. About 30% of those illnesses are children under 5 year age.

Every year in the Western Pacific Region 125 million people become ill and 50,000 die from consuming unsafe food. About 30% of those illnesses are in children under 5 year age. Every country, even those with well-developed food safety systems, experiences food safety incidents and emergencies. Food safety risks cannot be eliminated, only reduced. As such, countries need to be prepared to actively investigate and respond to food safety incidents and emergencies as and when required. This includes an effective food safety system and capacity to conduct epidemiological investigations, risk assessment and rapid response. The course will provide the fundamentals of investigation and response to food safety incidents and emergencies, with the aim to provide skills to enable participants to contribute to a local foodborne disease outbreaks.

After completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand what a food safety incident and emergency is;
  • Be aware of the different stakeholders involved in investigating a food safety incident or emergency;
  • Know how risk assessment is used in investigating food safety incidents and emergencies;
  • Be familiar with epidemiological data and know how to develop and test a hypothesis;
  • Understand the different components of the food and environmental investigation in a foodborne disease outbreak;
  • Know when to conduct a traceback investigation and the steps involved;
  • Be aware of when to conduct a recall of a food product and the steps involved in food recalls;
  • Be able to implement risk communication mechanisms; and
  • Understand how to use INFOSAN and PacNet to share information between countries.

Getting Started
The course has been designed to provide the fundamentals of investigation and response to food safety incidents and emergencies, whereby the participants shall be able to enhance their understanding regarding the core concepts involved in the course. Having food safety authorities contribute to the investigation and response to food safety incidents and emergencies has been highlighted as a need for countries in the Pacific.
Module 1: Introduction to Food Safety Incidents and Emergencies
This module defines through some examples what food safety incidents and emergencies mean. It describes different types of food safety incidents and emergencies and focuses on the concerned disciplines and sectors that are involved in the investigation and response of food safety incidents and emergencies.
Module 2: Using Risk Assessment to Inform Response Action
This section discusses the four components of risk assessments and how these are used in investigating food safety incidents and emergencies.
Module 3: Preparing for a Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation and Response
In this module, the steps of foodborne disease outbreak investigations are introduced. The module discusses how a foodborne disease outbreak can be confirmed and how t to plan and prepare for an outbreak investigation.
Module 4: Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: Epidemiological Investigation
This part explains the different components of the epidemiological investigation of a foodborne disease outbreak. It highlights methods for interviewing people suffering from a foodborne disease and how to interpret epidemiological data.
Module 5: Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: Food and Environmental Investigation
Module 5 introduces the different components of food and environmental investigation in a foodborne disease outbreak. It explains the difference between routine inspection and that of an implicated premise during a foodborne disease outbreak and how food and environmental samples should be taken and submitted to a food laboratory.
Module 6: Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: Traceback Investigations and Food Recalls
Module 6 focuses on how to determine the source and the distribution of food items, how to identify potential sites of contamination along the food chain and in case of the contaminated product how to remove it from the marketplace.
Module 7: Communication During the Investigation of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
In this module the different communication pathways required during the investigation of a food safety incident are presented. It also presents the principles of risk communication and communication mechanisms and it highlights which stakeholders need to be included in risk communication during food safety event.
Module 8: INFOSAN and Communication with International Partners
Module 8 focuses on food safety communication with international partners using the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) and PacNet. The module also introduces mechanisms for communication between trading partners.
Module 9: After Action Reviews
Module 9 discusses after-action reviews and how these can be used to evaluate investigations and responses to food safety incidents and emergencies.
Module 10: Re-cap and Final Test
In the last module, there is a complete summary of all the modules and a final quiz to test your ability to comprehend and use knowledge gained throughout the course.

Course Questions & Answers

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Yes, this course has recommended and additional readings. These can all be easily accessed on Moodle.
There is no time limit for completing this IPC self-paced course. POLHN recommends spending about 4 hours per week over the period of 6 weeks.
Once you enrol yourself into this course on Moodle you will have access to all the lectures and assignments.
Once you successfully complete your course by completing all the modules and passing all the assessment, your certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email. You can also access all your certificates through our online certificate verification system here: https://polhn.org/verify. If you are having any problems accessing your certificate, simply email us at support@polhn.org and we will help you.

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.


Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.


Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

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This course will provide the fundamentals of investigation and response to food safety emergencies and aims to provide skills to enable participants to contribute to local foodborne disease outbreaks.

Investigation and Response to Food Safety Incidents and Emergencies

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