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Food-borne Illness

Tips on preventing illness

Emerging Topics

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Rapid Response Team


Food Safety Modernization Act

The Executive Board has prepared a list of resources that you might find useful in preparing for COVID-19. We will continue to provide additional updates as useful materials and resources are available

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) : https://www.cdc.gov/nors/ 

Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/index.html 

FDA has created a food safety-specific FAQ page 

The AFDO COVID-19 website now includes the following new information  http://www.afdo.org/coronavirus-resources  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a stakeholder call on Wednesday, March 18th at 3:45 p.m. ET to discuss food safety and food supply questions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  https://www.fda.gov/food/workshops-meetings-webinars-food-and-dietary-supplements/fda-briefing-foods-stakeholders-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-03182020-03182020?utm_campaign=FSMA_COVIDcall_03172020&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

National Restaurant Association Resources

CDC and EPA Approved Disinfectant Resources




VDH has messaging for food establishments in the Coronovirus 2019 page:
Information for Food Establishments
Helpful information and Tips for Food Establishments

Covid-19 Emergency Information Center VA: https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/about-emergency-information.shtml
Directory of local health departments VA: https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory?searchType=standard&lhd-state=VA#card-filter
Latest updates on Coronavirus VA: https://www.livescience.com/virginia-coronavirus-updates.html



2021 Education Campaign: Pet Safety

Each year human illnesses are reported from people caring for and feeding pets. The Virginia Food Protection Task Force (VFPTF) is providing educational materials from the Center of Disease Control to help families remind families that pets sometimes carry germs that can make people sick.

The VFPTF is providing free copies of laminated posters and copies of the CDC coloring books to Virginia veterinarians, zoos, pet feed supply companies, Virginia Cooperative Extension and consumers to help spread the word on choosing the right pet and how to protect families from germs that cause illness.

Materials available cover topic areas such as backyard flocks and Salmonella, safety around reptiles, pet food safety and general tips for staying healthy around pets. Resources can be found: https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/publications/index.html
These materials are available only while supplies last. Those interested in materials or further information should contact Christy Brennan,
Virginia Rapid Response Team Coordinator, at 804-786-1585 or christy.brennan@vdacs.virginia.gov.

Support for this offer comes from a cooperative agreement awarded to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Safety Program by the Food and Drug Administration.



Norovirus outbreaks are common because the virus spreads quickly from infected people to others, and through contaminated foods and surfaces. Outbreaks happen throughout the year, but most often from November to April.




Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person eats food contaminated with a small amount of feces. A person can also get hepatitis A from touching objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces of an infected person.





Vaccination Resources:




Food Safety News


FDA News

VDH News