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PHOM Indicator Profile Report of Retail Food Safety

Why Is This Important?

Foodborne disease outbreaks sometimes result from failures in protective systems, but are more often the result of improper food handling. Children, the very old, and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of infection and death resulting from food contamination. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages and 3,000 die each year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that foodborne illnesses cost $15.6 billion each year.

Food Safety Enforcements & Trained Food Handlers

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This graph above provides a co-display of the number of individuals that received food handler training (statewide) and the number of food enforcement actions (statewide) during the same fiscal year. Food handler training is needed to keep consistent the standard of service expected from retail food establishments. It is taken for granted how easily food may make someone sick when proper food handling procedures are not followed. Training in Utah is standard statewide, and all food handlers are required to retake an approved course every 3 years. Right click the image and open in a new tab for easier viewing.

Data Source

Environmental Sanitation Program, Office of Epidemiology, Utah Department Health

How Are We Doing?

The food protection programs of Utah are encouraged to enroll and participate in the [ Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards)]. These standards promote consistent food protection practices in retail food establishments and encompass areas such as regulations, training, and public education. As of October 2019, two state agencies, the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and the following local health departments are enrolled in the Retail Program Standards:[[br]] *Bear River Health Department *Central Utah Public Health Department *Davis County Health Department *Salt Lake County Health Department *Southeastern Utah District Health Department *Southwest Utah Public Health Department *Summit County Health Department *Tooele County Health Department *Utah County Health Department *Weber-Morgan Health Department [[br]] All of the enrolled jurisdictions meet Standard 1 for using regulations consistent with the FDA Model Food Code. The Utah Department of Health has one FTE available to provide training, standardization, data collection, and other support for the statewide food protection program.

Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of fast-food and full service restaurants that follow food safety practices that prevent foodborne illness outbreaks

U.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 10/08/2019

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Content updated: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:42:00 MDT