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.

Teaching Food Safety in the Classroom

Tracy Ajello was an author of the original Fight BAC! Materials

Teaching Food Safety in the Classroom

“Raise your hand if you have leftovers in your fridge” says Tracy Ajello, a 5th grade teacher at Doolittle School in Cheshire, Connecticut. Hands shoot up in the air. Tracy often starts her lessons with a question to help her students make the connection between her food safety lessons and life at home. At school cookouts, Tracy shows children how to properly use a food thermometer – most have never seen a food thermometer and are quick to tattle-tail on their parents.

Safe Kids Day

Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro Teaches Food Safety to Kids and Parents

Safe Kids Day

Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro, an Associate Professor of Public Health & Health Education at the University of Mount Union, used Fight BAC!® materials at Safe Kids Day. The University partnered with the Stark County, Ohio Health Department and many other community organizations to host this family event, aimed at providing safety tips of all kinds. Over 170 children attended this years’ fair. Beth taught food safety to kids and their parents using an interactive display with small refrigerator and a bunch of plastic foods. Children loved guessing which foods had to go in the fridge, and which could stay out safely. Beth also gave away cooking temperature magnets to help families Fight BAC at home after Safe Kids Day was over.

Fight BAC! In Assisted Living Communities

Fight BAC! In Assisted Living Communities

Lucy Dobson, a BAC! Fighter from Maryland, trains assisted living staffers on various practices that would improve conditions for the elderly, including proper food handling practices. Lucy feels that the senior population is underserved and is the population most vulnerable to foodborne illness.  Fight BAC! materials are essential to her training demonstrations.  Lucy’s trainees are often shocked to learn that meat and poultry should not be washed before cooking!  Lucy is a dedicated BAC! Fighter with an altruistic streak – she often drops off her extra Fight BAC! materials at her local YMCA to spread the word about safe food handling.


The Partnership commends Lucy’s efforts and true dedication to reducing foodborne illness, especially in such a vulnerable community!

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology Promotes Food Safety

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology Promotes Food Safety

Dr. Rene Massengale and her team from Harrisburg University of Science & Technology promoted food safety at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm show in January 2011.  Dr. Massengale is a food and water quality scientist.  Her research focuses on the topics of food safety and quality.

This was the Harrisburg team’s first time presenting at this very busy event; the Farm Show tends to attract over half-a-million people each year and is one of the nation’s largest indoor agriculture events.


The Harrisburg University team’s engaging and fun exhibit featured a mock kitchen with real cabinet doors and a counter top. The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Mythbusters food safety myths were displayed on the front of the cabinet doors; the answers were revealed on the inside of the doors.  They also included the Mythbusters Quiz Game in their display.

Dr. Rene Massengale and her team from Harrisburg University of Science & Technology promoted food safety at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm show in January 2011.  Dr. Massengale is a food and water quality scientist.  Her research focuses on the topics of food safety and quality.

This was the Harrisburg team’s first time presenting at this very busy event; the Farm Show tends to attract over 500,000 people each year and is one of the nation’s largest indoor agriculture events.

The Harrisburg University team’s engaging and fun exhibit featured a mock kitchen with real cabinet doors and a counter top. The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Mythbusters food safety myths were displayed on the front of the cabinet doors; the answers were revealed on the inside of the doors.  They also included the Mythbusters Quiz Game in their display.

In addition to the regular farm show crowd, one giant, life-size germ made an appearance to spread the word on food safety.  BAC! was there!

The Partnership for Food Safety Education welcomes Dr. Massengale’s efforts in preventing foodborne illness and wishes her well in her future endeavors in prevention. To view the Mythbusters materials, just click here (link it).

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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