BAC Fighter Field Reports

A Master Food Preserver Knows How to Fight BAC!®

Sacramento County Program Volunteers Spread Safe Preservation Knowledge

A Master Food Preserver Knows How to Fight BAC!®

Home food preservation techniques like canning, freezing, and drying are growing in popularity. As more people practice these home techniques, they need to learn a specific set of food safety skills to reduce the risk of food poisoning. 

That’s where Wendy Rose and the other volunteers for Sacramento County’s Master Food Preservers Program come in. Master Food Preservers of Sacramento County is a volunteer program of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). The group serves up information about home food preservation and food safety to many eager learners.

The volunteers get out into the community monthly to demonstrate research-based methods for preserving food safely at home to prevent foodborne illness. They’re seen at farmers’ markets, festivals, and other county events, reaching people with the food safety techniques they need to be Master Food Preservers.

Wendy has recently used Fight BAC!® materials like our 10 Least Wanted Pathogens Poster and the 4 Core Food Safety Fact sheets! She plans to send the display pictured above to more community events this summer.

We’re so happy to be included in this group’s outreach activities on home food preservation! Thank you Sacramento County for helping people preserve their food (and their health) by sharing these techniques!

Visit the group’s Facebook page to show your support! 

Yours for Children Inc. Supports Massachusetts Child Care Providers

Food safety messages are amplified by 1,000 care providers

Yours for Children Inc. Supports Massachusetts Child Care Providers

 

Child care providers have a lot on their plates. In the ever- important field of caring for children, there's always something else to learn! Yours for Children Inc.(YFCI) is dedicated to providing Massachusetts family child care providers with the skills and resources they need to keep their charges safe and healthy. Participating in the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) is free for family child care providers and along with education, providers get monthly reimbursements funded through the  USDA for healthy meals served.

 

We caught up with Nancy Casten, a Nutrition Education Coordinator/Training Specialist at YFCI to find out how food safety education fit into their host of offerings. Nancy herself is often surprised at how little people know about food safety, so she realizes the depth of its importance for training child care providers.

YFCI presents a food safety training every year that culminates with a home study quiz to ensure the providers have a good understanding of the material. The organization encourages followers to share what they learn to amplify the number of people reached through the messages. Through the power of sharing, 1,000 providers could reach several thousand households with food safety information.

In addition to this training and quiz, YFCI does a newsletter to keep providers up to date between trainings.

At the Partnership for Food Safety Education, we also believe strongly in the power of sharing. This story is a good reminder that by sharing messages and working together, we can achieve a food safe America.

How Do You Revive Motivation and Appetite for Food Safety Education?

Education Specialist says the Consumer Food Safety Education Conference is the answer

How Do You Revive Motivation and Appetite for Food Safety Education?

Since joining FDA in 1998, I have attended two of the four national Consumer Food Safety Education Conferences that have been held. As an education specialist I develop food safety materials and programs. It’s interesting and rewarding work, but from time to time a kind of stale feeling creeps in, a sense that you’re just doing variations of things you’ve done a lot of before. So the question is: how do you revive your motivation, your appetite for what you’re doing? Two things work for me. One is a big new project unlike anything I’ve done before, but those don’t come along very often, primarily because they typically are expensive and the resources are rarely available.

The other? Attend a conference where your peers gather, where you can absorb some of the energy behind all the food safety education activity going on in our large and busy country. I had been to many conferences before while in other jobs and generally found them interesting, but what a difference in attending one that was entirely focused on the kind of work that I was doing. Everyone I met, every presentation I heard, bore directly on what I do every day. My only problem was choosing what would be most useful to me among breakout sessions. And aside from whom I met and what I learned, it was fun. I found myself talking to people I had only known from email exchanges and telecons, people who were using materials I had had a hand in developing and distributing (and who had suggestions to make them more effective), and people I didn’t know anything about who had creative and unusual approaches to food safety education.

I missed the first national food safety education conference because I wasn’t working in the field at the time, and I missed the last one because of a prior commitment. But I won’t miss the one coming up in December.

Join Howard and other educators for the Consumer Food Safety Education Conference 2014 for a fresh perspective on food safety. Read more and register today >  

Howard Seltzer is National Education Advisor at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. 

PFSE Staff Spoils BAC’s Summer Plans

Community event prepares a squad of junior BAC Fighters for summer

PFSE Staff Spoils BAC’s Summer Plans

“Do you know what a germ is?”

That’s what we asked kids when they approached the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s table at the Koshland Science Museum on May 10th, 2014. In “kidspeak” there is no standard definition for germ, but we were still impressed with their answers:

 

“Something that makes you sick!”

“It makes you throw up!”

“You can stay home from school!”

It was clear that they got the basic concept - germs can make you sick!

What they weren’t so clear on is how a germ can get into your body and make you sick. That’s where we stepped in to explain the basics of hand hygiene and safe food handling.

We showed them just how germy their hands were with a GloGerm demonstration and taught them the basics of clean, separate, cook, and chill using the BAC Drop Spring Story Contest and Perfect Picnic for iOS.

The kids were amazed at the ways a little germ they can’t see, smell, or taste might make sick. They left the event ready (and excited) to Fight BAC! with materials we gave them! 

 

- Ashley Bell, Your B.F.F. (BAC Fighter Friend) 

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