During the Spring 2018 Board of Directors meeting, the NEHA Board approved the following policy statements on cannabis food safety and mosquito control:
NEHA’s Policy Statement on Food Safety as Related to the Consumption of Cannabis-Infused Food Products
Due to increasing legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use, the consumption of cannabis-infused food products (CIFPs) has become popular in many communities. Many states are currently enacting laws that permit the inclusion of cannabis or its derivatives in food products. CIFPs raise questions as to how they should be regulated and inspected to protect consumers, considering that one in six Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages and 3,000 die each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). NEHA recommends the adoption of current best practices in food safety by state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies, along with industry food safety professionals. Click here to view recommended policies and actions as related to cannabis and food safety.
NEHA’s Policy Statement on Comprehensive Mosquito Control
NEHA advocates for national, state, territorial, local and tribal policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance environmental health professionals’ abilities to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and to protect public health. NEHA recognizes the association between the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Through incorporating the vector management framework outlined by the World Health Organization and integrating its One Health approaches to address environmental sources of emerging infectious diseases in programs, it is possible to reduce the health impacts to humans, animals, and the environment (CDC, 2017). Click here to view recommended policies and actions as related to mosquito control.