In this session, state and local food safety program staff funded by CDC’s Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) cooperative agreement will discuss innovative EHS-Net projects that inform foodborne illness outbreak investigation and prevention and improve retail food safety. For example, one presenter will describe their program’s use of social media to improve their disease detection and response activities, while another presenter will describe their restaurant food allergen awareness intervention and its impact on restaurants’ allergic reaction prevention practices. Session attendees will leave with knowledge about several innovative tools that can help improve their food safety program, and retail food safety.

Welcome and Introduction-Beth Wittry, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The use of social media in disease detection and response-Lauren DiPrete Southern Nevada Health District, Nevada

An intervention designed to enhance restaurant workers’ food allergy awareness and allergic reaction prevention practices-Joyce Tuttle, California Department of Public Health