Upcoming Food Safety Webinars

Learn about environmental sampling and the impacts of COVID-19 mitigation on international trade.

May 10, 2021

Covid Food Safety Cleaning

RALEIGH, N.C.—This week is the first of two upcoming webinars designed for foodservice and food safety professionals in the food retail sector hosted by FoodCoVNET.

NACS is part of FoodCoVNET’s Council of Stakeholder Collaborators, which is comprised of food sector constituents. The FoodCoVNET project was formed in 2020 to provide science-based strategies and practices to reduce the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the food sector.

On May 12 and 19, NACS members can sign up for these upcoming webinars:

Considerations for Environmental Sampling for SARS-CoV-2 in Food Environments
May 12, 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. EDT

The food sector has experienced clusters of COVID-19 cases associated with personnel in manufacturing, production and retail settings. Mansour Samadpour of IEH and John Donaghy of Nestle will share their approaches to environmental sampling within food settings and talk about methods, limitations, drivers and drawbacks. Register at go.ncsu.edu/fcnwebinar_sampling

International and Trade Perspectives on SARS-CoV-2 in Food Settings
May 19, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT

Food and food packaging have not been identified as routes of transmission for SARS-CoV-2; however, there are buyers and regulatory officials globally who have asked food companies to put COVID-19 mitigation steps in place as a condition of import or purchase. Lory Reveil of the American Frozen Food Institute, Roger Cook of the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, and Jeff Farber of the University of Guelph will talk about the challenges they’ve encountered, data-driven decision-making and the impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the food sector. Register at go.ncsu.edu/fcnwebinar_trade

Recordings of previous FoodCoVNET webinars are available online:

To learn more about FoodCoVNET and its work, contact Chris Blasinsky at NACS at cblasinsky@convenience.org.