Opportunities to Improve Food Safety through NEARS


AFDO offered this free session to learn more about the program and to apply for funding through NEHA’s Explorer Program. During this 60-minute webinar, a group of panelists with extensive experience with NEARS will discuss:

  • The purpose of NEARS  
  • Its benefits in improving foodborne illness outbreak investigations
  • Data collected from NEARS used to evaluate and improve your food safety program
  • Take follow-up actions to prevent future outbreaks
  • Develop or modify policies or regulations
  • Meet FDA Voluntary Retail Program Standard 5


Dr. Laura Brown, Team Lead, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC; Nicole Hedeen, Senior Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health; Danny Ripley, Environmental Health Specialist, Tennessee Department of Health; Lauren DiPrete, Senior Environmental Health Specialist, Southern Nevada Health District; Laura Wildey, Senior Program Analyst, Food Safety, National Environmental Health Association.


March 3, 2021