Legal Aspects of Public Health Food Safety
Food safety is a unique and critical role filled by public health agencies. In the event of a foodborne illness outbreak investigation, you may wonder what personal information is protected by privacy laws and what may be shared. You may also wonder about the source and scope of your public health authority to keep the public safe from foodborne illnesses. The fact is, public health agencies hold police powers that may be used to enforce food safety regulations, including inspections, licensing, imposing fines, and detaining and destroying food. Are you aware of the procedural due process that ensures these control measures are conducted fairly and legally?
In this course, you will learn federal privacy requirements related to foodborne illness outbreak response, the administrative process for developing food safety regulations, the control measures available to state and local authorities and comon legal issues encountered during the enforcement of food safety provisions.
This course is co-provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and Continuing Nursing Education (UWCNE) at the University of Washington.
State and local public health practitioners, including entry-level environmental health specialists, epidemiologists, and communicable disease investigators, who work in or with food safety programs and the attorneys who work with them.
Objectives for Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, you will be better able to:
- Identify federal privacy requirements related to food safety surveillance and foodborne illness outbreak response.
- Describe the source and scope of state and local authority related to food safety
- Explain the administrative process for developing food safety regulations.
- Identify the food safety control measures available to state and local authorities.
- List common legal issues encounterd during enforcement of state and local food safety provisions.
Mathew Swinburne, JD
Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law--Eastern Region, Baltimore, MD
- 1.00 Contact hours
- 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level