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A regulatory food program is most effective when foodborne illness risk factors are controlled through uniform and consistent inspection procedures. The Food and Drug Administration has a methodology for Food Code Standardization that helps to promote a level of uniformity among food inspection safety officers (FSIO). In this session, you will hear the perspectives of state and local health departments that have implemented the standardization process as a component of the FSIO training program. We will discuss how the process was implemented and the benefits to the retail food program, the retail food industry, and the public.  

Moderated by Kenya Moon, FDA

Kenya Moon is a Retail Food Specialist for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration based out of Falls Church, VA. She is responsible for assisting retail food safety and food defense programs of regulatory health agencies in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. A unique part of Kenya’s career has been her involvement with National Special Security Events and working with various jurisdictions and the U.S. Secret Service. Most recently she has helped coordinate and perform food safety and food defense inspections for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC; the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH; and the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. Prior to joining FDA, Kenya was the training supervisor at Cobb & Douglas Public Health in Marietta, GA and later was a quality assurance specialist for a third party auditing agency. She is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s in biomedical science and a huge college football fan!  

David Lawrence

David Lawrence is a 1990 graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. Since 1993, David has been employed by the Fairfax County Health Department with experience in conducting environmental and clinical laboratory services, operating ambient air quality monitoring sites, enforcing regulations of foodservice establishments and other permitted facilities, and leading environmental investigations related to foodborne illness outbreaks and toxic substance exposures. He served as the Certified Food Program Inspection/Training Officer for a staff of up to 17 environmental health specialists for 13 years. Since 2002, David has contributed in some capacity with the Conference for Food Protection by attending biennial conferences and regional seminars, serving on several committees and on Council I – Laws & Regulations and Council II – Administration, Education & Certification. He served as Council II Vice-Chair for the 2014 – 2016 biennium and serves as Council II Chair for the 2016 – 2018 biennium. He is a member of the CFP Executive Board as the Mid-Atlantic Region Local Regulatory Representative. David worked on the FDA inspection report and marking instructions that were incorporated into the 2005 FDA Model Food Code; reviewed the FDA Criticality Workgroup’s 3-tiered categorization of code provisions for the 2009 FDA Model Food Code; and assisted in the development of a spreadsheet and guidance document to assist Retail Program Standards enrollees in calculating the FTE/inspection ratio for Standard 8. David is the past Chair and a current member of the CFP Program Standards Committee and helped to establish it as a standing committee. He has assisted in Retail Program Standard self-assessments and conducted verification audits for Retail Program Standard self-assessments and conducted verification audits for both a neighboring local health department and a partner state agency. He is a member of AFDO’s Standards Analysis Workgroup. In Fairfax County, David has led strategic initiatives such as the Local Environmental Public Health Self-Assessment project and served on the agency’s Strategic Planning Committee and Accreditation Team. David served as a Fairfax County mentorship team lead for Cohorts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the NACCHO Program Standards Mentorship. Fairfax County has mentored 22 local health departments on the Retail Program Standards.  

Michelle Messer, MN Dept. of Health

Michelle has a B.S. Degree in Community Health from St. Cloud State University. She worked as a Sanitarian for the Minnesota Department of Health for several years, and is currently a Planner in the Partnership and Workforce Development Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is a FDA Standardized Food Safety Inspection Officer. Her responsibilities include: standardization for state and local agencies, staff training and conducting program evaluations of delegated city and county health agencies.  

Peri Pearson, VA Dept. of Health

Peri is a State Food Consultant and State Standardization Officer with the Virginia Department of Health. She began her career in Public Health 33 years ago when she accepted a field sanitarian position with the state of North Dakota. During the 9 years she was with the ND Department of Health and Consolidated Laboratories she worked in many different programs and was serving as the Director of the Consumer Protection Division when she and her husband moved their family to Virginia. She joined the Henrico County Health Department (in the Richmond area) as an Environmental Health Specialist in March of 1998 and became the Environmental Health Technical Specialist for the Food Safety program in Henrico in 2008. She was promoted to her current role with VDH in May of 2015.