Food Safety Education

Overview

Approximately 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning each year. Food poisoning (also referred to as foodborne illness) is a serious public health threat in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million people get food poisoning each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk of contracting food poisoning, but there are practical steps that families can take at home to help reduce their risk of getting sick.

The new English and Spanish Food Safe Families PSAs follow the story of Maria, a TV chef on the fictional cooking show, Recipes for Disaster, who unintentionally makes common food safety mistakes when preparing her dishes. By highlighting her missteps, families receive fun and humorous reminders about how to use the four safe food handling behaviors – Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill – to reduce their chances of foodborne illness. The PSAs demonstrate the risk and consequences of food poisoning, and encourage audiences to learn more about the correct food safety steps at FoodSafety.gov.

 

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