Food Safety Education Month
September is National Food Safety Education Month!
This month take an active role in preventing foodborne illness, also known as “food poisoning.” The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually – that’s about 1 in 6 Americans each year. Each year, these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Following simple food safety tips can help lower your chance of getting sick.
- Social Media Toolkit - Help us spread the word about food safety
- Education Resources - Learn how to lower your chance of getting sick
- New Era of Smarter Food Safety - Explore FDA's new approach to food safety
Spread the Word!
Help us to spread the word about the importance of food safety. Use these social media messages to show your support for National Food Safety Education Month (NFSEM) and to encourage your community to keep food safe.
#DYK? 1 in 6 Americans experience foodborne illness every year. Follow these safety tips to keep you and your family safe during National Food Safety Education Month. #NFSEM
#NFSEM Pop Quiz:
True or False? If a ready-to-cook food is contaminated with bacteria that could make you sick, freezing will kill the bacteria. Answer: https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/test-your-safety-knowledge-about-ready-cook-foods
This month and every month, make a commitment to keep you and your family safe from foodborne illness! Check out these tips to help protect you from foodborne illness. #NFSEM
Cook that dough! In recognition of National Food Safety Education Month, read this first before mixing up your dough. #NFSEM
Did you know that when recipes include food safety tips, people are more likely to follow them? This month, update your recipes to make sure they include #FoodSafety info and tips. #NFSEM
This National Food Safety Education Month remember the 2-Hour Rule: Throw out any perishable foods left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours unless you’re keeping it hot or cold. #NFSEM
It’s National Food Safety Education Month! Remember these 4 steps to handle food safely.
Check out more safety tips to keep you and your family safe. #NFSEM
National Food Safety Education Month tip: If you – or someone you care for – are in one of these high-risk groups, it's especially important to practice safe food handling.
- Pregnant women, their unborn babies, and children
- Older adults and people with cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, organ transplants, and autoimmune diseases
Sometimes, food poisoning is more than tummy troubles. It can be serious and even life threatening! Check out these tips to stay safe this National Food Safety Education Month. #NFSEM
Learning the do’s and don’t’s of safe food handling starts at home! Check out these tips to stay safe and healthy. #NFSEM
National Food Safety Education Month Resources
FDA has resources to help encourage you and your community to put food safety first.
- Safe Food Handling – Follow these four key steps to food safety.
- Food Safety in Your Kitchen – Get tips for food safe shopping, storage, and meal prep.
- People at Risk of Foodborne Illness – Learn what groups are more at risk for foodborne illnesses.
- Food Safety for Pregnant Women – Find food safety information for before, during, and after pregnancy.
- Everyday Food Safety for Young Adults – Learn about food safety whether you’re cooking at home, dining out, or eating ready-made meals on the go.
- Education Resource Library – Find printable educational materials, videos, and more!
- Continuing Medical Education Program – Learn how to identify, treat, and report foodborne illness.
- Science and Our Food Supply – Bring food science into your middle and high school classrooms.
- Consumer Food Safety Educator Evaluation Toolbox and Guide – Get tips, tools, and examples to plan, develop, and evaluate food safety programs and activities.
Visit https://www.foodsafety.gov for additional information on food safe practices.
New Era of Smarter Food Safety
One of the priorities in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety is fostering, supporting, and strengthening food safety culture on farms, in food facilities, and in homes. We will not make dramatic improvements in reducing the burden of foodborne disease without doing more to influence and change human behavior, including in the family kitchen.
To support consumers, FDA offers resources on safe food handling. When you prepare meals and snacks for yourself, your family, and your friends, it is important to follow these food safety tips to help prevent foodborne illness. Learn the do’s and don’ts of food-safe meal prep and start putting them into practice to protect you and your family, especially if someone in your household has an increased risk of foodborne illness.
FDA has been working for years with the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) to promote safe food handling tips for consumers. In a blog earlier this year marking PFSE’s 25th anniversary, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas wrote, “While consumers should expect that food producers have done all that they can to provide them with safe food, consumers play a role too when preparing and handling food at home.
"And, after all, we’re all consumers. We all have a responsibility to observe safe food handling and storage practices at home, to help protect ourselves and our families from harmful microbes that can contaminate food.”