BAC Fighter Field Reports

Western Carolina University Student Takes on Foodborne Illness

Senior Research project aims to increase awareness of foodborne illness across Jackson County North Carolina

Western Carolina University Student Takes on Foodborne Illness

Katherine J. Eagle, a Senior at Western Carolina University dedicated her Senior Research project to making sure Jackson County, North Carolina Medical Facilities have food safety education materials on display. Her goal: increase awareness of preventing foodborne illness across Jackson County.

Katherine worked with 10 different facilities to find out if they provided food safety educational materials in their waiting rooms. If they didn’t, she provided them with 15 Fight BAC! Basic Brochures. It turns out, many of the facilities were lacking food safety information!

After 7 days, Katherine returned to the facilities to see how many brochures were taken. You can view the results here. She would have loved to spend more time on the project to get a better sense of the patients’ interest in the information.

As Katherine prepares for graduation, she believes a career in food safety is in her future: “Food safety is a great interest of mine, and I am looking into career opportunities in this field upon graduation and my move to San Diego in May.”

Thank you for this work Fighting BAC! ®, Katherine - we’re excited to see what work you’ll do for foodborne illness prevention in the future!

Franken BAC at Frys Food & Drug Stores (A Kroger Co.)

Frys Food & Drug Stores used Halloween Drawing Contest to Teach Food Safety

Franken BAC at Frys Food & Drug Stores (A Kroger Co.)

Back in October, the Partnership for Food Safety Education hosted a contest called Franken BAC’s Monster Mash. It was designed to teach kids to fight off microscopic monsters (pathogens) that could be in their food and make them sick. 

We were delighted to find out that 119 Frys Food & Drug Stores used the contest to reach 59,000 kids!

We caught up with Norman Barnett, a Food Safety Specialist at Frys Food & Drug Stores to find out more. It turns out, many of the stores had creative ideas on how to add even more fall fun to the contest. They hosted Halloween fun events, set up coloring tables, and even had caramel apple dipping!

We thank Norman and these retail BAC Fighters for reaching so many kids with food poisoning prevention messages! 

                                             
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BAC Fighter Reaches Kids and Restaurant Workers

Food Safety Instructor Commits to Reaching Multiple Audiences

BAC Fighter Reaches Kids and Restaurant Workers

BAC Fighter, Sujit Dey is committed to sharing food safety messages with multiple audiences. As a food safety instructor for the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sujit teaches food safety at local schools and restaurants.

In his outreach with kids, Sujit focuses on handwashing. He visits local educational institutions to demonstrate proper practices. Both students and parents take home valuable lessons in hand hygiene.

He also recently taught a food safety course for chefs, managers, and restaurant workers of 15 Dhaka - area restaurants. The day long course covered how to prepare, cook, serve, and store food safely.                                                       

Thanks Sujit for sharing food safety and hand hygiene messages!

 

 

 

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Student Health Educators

Connecticut BAC Fighters inform entire school

Student Health Educators

Julia Cronin planned a middle school class project that ensured food safety information was spread beyond the walls of her classroom to the entire K- 8 student body of Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich, Connecticut.

Julia, a science teacher, partnered with an english/language arts teacher to have students create Food Safety/Food Choice information brochures. The students used information they learned in class and from online research to create the brochures. One of their favorite sources was the www.fightbac.org website! Once the brochures were created, the students were instructed to share information with their classmates. In this way, the 8th grade students were able to reach their peers and younger classmates.

Julia reflected on the project, “The best part of it all was watching them in the lunchroom teaching the younger students about why they needed to wash their hands and why they should include an ice-pack in their lunchbox.”

She found that once students learned what could happen when food is mishandled, they had ownership of the material and were more motivated to make changes.

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.

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