National Restaurant Association launches Future of Food Safety during NFSM 2018

National Food Safety Month 2018 features full four weeks of trainings, information sessions and food safety themes

The National Restaurant Association is putting September in the spotlight with National Food Safety Month (NFSM) 2018. This year’s theme is “The Future of Food Safety.” See the announcement for more information about Food Safety Month and find additional resources during four weeks of active training and informational sessions presented by ServSafe.  Each week has its own food safety theme.

Read more about the programs on the NFSM website.

August 30, 2018—(Chicago, Ill.)—In its ongoing commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association announced today this year’s National Food Safety Month (NFSM) theme: “The Future of Food Safety.”

“The future brings many changes to the foodservice industry,” said Sherman Brown, Executive Vice President of the National Restaurant Association’s Training & Certification division. “One thing that will never change is the need for all foodservice managers and employees to be vigilant about food safety. Throughout this year’s NFSM campaign, we will provide the industry with the resources that can help operators begin and continue meaningful discussions about the vital role every individual plays in creating a workplace committed to food safety.”

Presented by ServSafe, the National Restaurant Association’s food safety training and certification program, the 2018 NFSM campaign focuses on new technologies, trends, and regulations that are changing the foodservice landscape and the steps operators should take to ensure that food safety remains a top priority when dealing with these changes. New training tools and resources will be available each week including activities, posters, infographics, and videos on The themes for each week include:

Week 1: Staying Compliant with New Regulations
Week 2: Best Practices for Receiving Food from Suppliers
Week 3: Responding to New Trends and Technologies
Week 4: The Employee’s Role in Ensuring Food Safety

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This year’s NFSM campaign is sponsored by Mérieux NutriSciences, Tork, an Essity brand, and P&G Professional. In addition, this year the National Restaurant Association’s brands, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals will also support and promote the NFSM campaign.

NFSM, held annually in September, was created in 1994 by the National Restaurant Association to heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education. As part of its campaign, the Association offers free resources for foodservice industry professionals.
To join the conversation, follow @ServSafe on Twitter and use the hashtag #NFSM2018. For more information and resources on NFSM, visit:


About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 14.7 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 18-21, 2019, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); first-class hospitality training and professional certification program (American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute); and long-term provider of certification solutions for grocery stores (National Registry of Food Safety Professionals). For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

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