BAC Fighter Field Reports

Welcome to the BAC Fighter Field Reports Blog! The Partnership for Food Safety Education wants to showcase the work of BAC Fighters - people like you who teach others about safe food handling. Do you have a field report? Know an unsung hero who works to prevent foodborne illness? Click here and submit your story. It only takes a minute and it could be featured on this blog.

Vineland Food Safety Council's Annual Calendar Competition

Contest Teaches Students Food Safety Practicces and Partners with Local Businesses

Vineland Food Safety Council's Annual Calendar Competition

This past year, the Vineland Food Safety Council in New Jersey held a calendar contest for children in September, National Food Safety Education month. Local elementary school children sent in 325 posters with the aim of convincing food handlers to wash their hands. High school students were asked to create a poster on one specific foodborne illnesses, touching on information about the bacterium and how it is spread. Out of all the poster submissions, twelve were chosen for a final food safety calendar. Winning students were awarded a small cash prize and a were presented with a certificate in front of a televised City Council meeting.  The food safety calendars were mailed out to every retail food establishment in the town of Vineland.  Jeanne Garbarino of the Vineland Health Department helped coordinate the calendar program. She said of the calendar program, “The food handlers tell us how much they love them and we see them posted in most establishments.”  The calendar was sent to almost 1,000 retail food establishments to promote safe food handling.

Poison Control Centers: Part of Food Safety Education Chain

Wendy Stephan is a Health Educator with the Florida Poison Information Center

Poison Control Centers: Part of Food Safety Education Chain

Wendy Stephan is the health educator at the Florida Poison Information Center in Miami, Florida. While people often think of calling their local poison control center about exposures to chemicals, Wendy knows that food can be a source of poisoning, too. “Poison control centers around the U.S. take calls about suspected food poisoning every day. Your local poison center can help you assess whether your symptoms may be related to food, or if you need to seek emergency care,” she notes.  In addition to responding to cases of food poisoning, poison control centers also teach poison prevention practices. One population at particular risk from food poisoning is people with dementia. At a recent conference sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Wendy provided caregivers with resources from the “Fight BAC” campaign. People with memory loss can struggle to remember how long food has been in the refrigerator and may have sensory changes that reduce their ability to detect spoiled food. Wendy was happy to have the PFS materials to give this group. She says, “My grandfather suffered from Alzheimer’s and I know my grandmother needed all the help she could get in keeping him safe and healthy. Knowledge is power!”

Kansas State University's Fight BAC Class

Stephanie Castillo Teaches First and Second Grade Students the Core 4

Kansas State University's Fight BAC Class

Stephanie Castillo with Kansas State University taught food safety to first and second grade after school students this autumn. Her “Fight BAC Class” teaches food safety basics, such as hand-washing practices, to after school program kids. First, she begins her lesson with an illustration of the fast growth rate of illness-causing bacteria with a marble multiplication experiment .  After a short break for “germ tag” and a healthy snack, Stephanie and the students talked about the importance of  hand washing; hands should be washed with warm water and soap for twenty seconds every time before you eat and every time after you use the bathroom. The kids concluded that it is better to wash with warm water and soap but to use hand sanitizer when water and soap is not available. They were sent home with a food safety quiz to do alongside their parents.

Food Safety is a Shared Responsibility

Shelley Feist, Executive Director of the Partnership for Food Safety Education

Food Safety is a Shared Responsibility
Note: Cross-posted from the IFIC Foundation's Nutrition Blog. Food safety is a shared responsibility across the food supply. This Food Safety Education Month, the IFIC Foundation is featuring guest blog posts from the various entities that work to keep our food supply safe—Consumers, Farmers/Producers, Retailers/Food Service and the Government.
 
An estimated 190 million Americans own a car and I’m one of them. A car is a great thing – but it can also be a dangerous thing if it is handled incorrectly.
 
I don’t keep my car running on my own. When I bought it more than ten years ago I tried to make an informed choice – to make sure the car offered what I was looking for, and that the manufacturer was delivering a good quality product. I couldn’t be 100% sure I was getting this.  I could only hope and trust that was the case. 
 
I rely on the petroleum industry to make sure I can get gas for my car – quality fuel that will run my car and not damage it. I also rely on one or more trained people to help keep my car running safely and well. They fix things that if not maintained might just get worse and lead to a total breakdown of the car.

Fightbac.org

Visit Fightbac.org for food safety information, downloads, and tools you can use to educate people about protecting their health through safe food handling.

Government Resources

  • Foodsafety.gov
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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