The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA) has developed an education program to help physicians and other healthcare professionals diagnose and treat foodborne illness and educate patients, especially vulnerable patients, on safe food handling practices. The program includes two videos and companion education materials.
Interested physicians can earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM on the AMA Ed HubTM.
The scenes in these CME videos may not depict current recommended infection prevention and control practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as the course was produced prior to the pandemic. For the most current information from FDA on COVID-19, visit www.fda.gov/coronavirus.
Module 1: What Physicians Need to Know About Foodborne Illness: Suspect, Identify, Treat, and Report
This video uses three actual cases to illustrate the potential severity of foodborne disease and explains a four-step process for dealing with symptoms that may indicate foodborne illness: Suspect, Identify, Treat, and Report.
Module 2: Preventing Foodborne Illness: Talking to Patients About Food Safety
This video reviews the essential steps people should take when shopping for, storing, preparing, and serving food. It will help healthcare professionals counsel patients, especially vulnerable patients, on avoiding foodborne illness and is suitable to be shown directly to patients.
Companion Education Materials
- Foodborne Illness Educational Videos: Key Terms and Definitions (PDF: 1.5MB)
- Steps for Diagnosing Foodborne Illness (PDF: 1.1MB)
- Diagnostic Tools for Foodborne Illness (PDF: 1.6MB)
- Reporting Foodborne Illness (PDF: 585KB)
- Most Common Foodborne Illnesses (PDF: 1.6MB)
- Recent Prominent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks (PDF: 1.6MB)
- Tips for Grocery Shopping and Storage (PDF: 2.5MB)
- Four Steps to Handling and Preparing Food Safely (PDF: 610KB)
- Canning Tips (PDF: 1.2MB)