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.
Module 1: Introduction to Food Safety Incidents and Emergencies
Module 2: Using Risk Assessment to Inform Response Action
Module 3: Preparing for a Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation and Response
Module 4: Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: Epidemiological Investigation
Module 5: Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: Food and Environmental Investigation
Module 6: Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: Traceback Investigations and Food Recalls
Module 7: Communication During the Investigation of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
Module 8: INFOSAN and Communication with International Partners
Module 9: After Action Reviews
Module 10: Re-cap and Final Test
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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.
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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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