Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Class is "In Session" for School Nutrition Professionals

Over 500 school nutrition professionals across Iowa are heading to food safety classes throughout June and July to ensure child nutrition program operations continue to maintain excellent food safety standards. 

The latest Center for Disease Control "Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks - United States, 2017" identifies that in the year 2017, among the 761 foodborne disease outbreaks associated with food prepared at a single location, as reported, eight foodborne disease outbreaks (1 percent) were associated with schools.  366 foodborne disease outbreaks (48 percent) took place at a sit-down dining restaurant, 104 outbreaks (14 percent) occurred in a catering or banquet facility, 60 outbreaks (8 percent) occurred in a fast-food setting and 74 outbreaks (10 percent) occurred in a private home.  This report is available in the following citation:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks, United States, 2017, Annual Report. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, 2022


AEA Purchasing's Food program is proud to support school nutrition program operations with free food safety classes to ensure meals are both healthy and safe for Iowa students. For more information on our classes, contact Meg Brink.