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World Food Safety Day — A good time to be reminded of ways to reduce risk of food poisoning

Partnership for Food Safety Education teams up with CDC, FDA and USDA
on consumer food safety education.

Arlington, Va. (June 3, 2019) — With summer season upon us, millions of
Americans are getting ready to test out seasonal recipes and prepare food for barbecues and picnics with friends and family. The last thing anyone wants
during the beautiful days of summer is a foodborne illness.

World Food Safety Day on Friday, June 7 will draw global attention to the health consequences of contaminated food and water. The initiative was developed by
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World
Health Organization (WHO).

“Here in the U.S., we want to engage with families in an interactive way on simple practices that can mean the difference between good health and serious illness,” said Shelley Feist, executive director of the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE). “The food safety basics of clean, separate, cook and chill, if practiced consistently, do reduce the risk of illness from harmful bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter.”

The Partnership for Food Safety Education is supporting U.S.-based health and food safety educators with resources to promote World Food Safety Day in their communities. Anyone who wants to participate in promoting consumer safe food handling leading up to World Food Safety Day is urged to start at FoodSafetyDay.org for free resources and an action pledge they can share on social media.

Free materials designed to educate and engage consumers on safe food preparation at home include:

  • Five social media graphics with important basic food safety steps:
    • Wash your hands using warm water and soap to reduce germs that cause foodborne illness.
    • Rinsing poultry is not a safety step. It spreads germs around your kitchen.
    • To reduce risk of illness, use separate cutting boards, one for produce and one for meat or poultry.
    • Cook food to a safe internal temperature as measured with a food thermometer.
    • Keep a constant refrigerator temperature of 40 °F or below.
  • Interactive games and downloadable activity sheets for kids that make learning about food safety fun.
  • Social media posts and activities including a Facebook quiz.
  • #WorldFoodSafetyDay Twitter Party on Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m. EST with involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education, and dozens of health and food safety educators from across the country.

In addition to resources at fightbac.org and FoodSafetyDay.org, educators can access quality consumer education materials from these web pages of the U.S. Federal agencies:                                                                                                                                                                                         

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/foodsafety

U.S. Food and Drug Administration:  Information on food safety, nutrition and health education campaigns https://epublication.fda.gov/epub/  

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service:  Food Safety Education page https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education

Follow the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education on Facebook at @FightBAC and on Twitter at @Fight_BAC.

About the Partnership for Food Safety Education
The non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education is the originator of science-based food safety messages and the national leader in developing and disseminating information around the linkage of food safety consumer education with positive health outcomes.  Food safety and health educators, and consumers, can download free food safety education information from the Partnership’s website at www.fightbac.org. The Partnership is the creator and steward of the popular Fight BAC!® national food safety education campaign. 

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