BAC Fighter Field Reports

Kroger Helps Michigan Shoppers Become ProducePros!

Displays and radio messages provide customers with food safety info to take home with purchases.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education worked with contributing partner Kroger to create a week- by- week Food Safety Education Month outreach plan.  We thank every participating Kroger Co. store for connecting with customers on this important topic!

 

 

 

With the help of their local Kroger stores, thousands of Michigan consumers took steps in September toward becoming ProducePros.  

 

The Partnership's ProducePro campaign is six actionable practices for consumers to enjoy fresh and safe fruits and vegetables at home. Kroger used campaign elements to create stanchion signs for set-up in all 124 Michigan Kroger stores. The stores also used in-store radio to broadcast consumer food safety tips read by a Kroger chef. What a great way to inform consumers during the shopping experience!

 

Some stores decided to do more, setting up food safety tables where customers could get the Partnership’s Franken BAC Drawing Contest page and free Home Food Safety Mythbusters flyers.

 

Thank you Michigan Kroger! 

 
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Seriously? Food poisoning at a food safety meeting!

PFSE employee learns the value of her work first-hand

Seriously? Food poisoning at a food safety meeting!

You may have heard the ironic news that attendees at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore last April reported symptoms of food poisoning. An investigation by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found the illnesses were likely caused by Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens), bacteria that appears mostly in meat products and is the result of a failure to hold foods at a high enough temperature.

I was one of the 200+ conference attendees that experienced the food poisoning! It was an experience that I, a BAC Fighter and employee of the Partnership for Food Safety Education, was surprised to have at a food safety meeting (I mean- come on!). 

The sleepless and long night of discomfort I experienced did make clear how important it is that everyone play their part in preventing food poisoning, and that a culture that engages everyone in keeping food safe is critical to reducing food poisoning and its severe health impacts.  

As Mike Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine recently stated, “…We’re not talking about lots of stomach aches. We’re talking about life-changing illness in many cases.” For me, the C. Perfringens incidence demonstrated how important it is that young people learn about the risk of food poisoning, and also learn the healthy food handling habits that can be carried into adulthood. 

This experience also shows why the work of BAC Fighters [YOU!] is ever more important. Using Fight BAC!®  materials to reach youth and families in your communities is critical to establishing life-long healthy behaviors that reduce the risk of food poisoning. And when young people enter the food service workforce, safe food handling practices will be second nature!

Because food safety education isn’t about preventing a few stomach aches. It’s about reducing the risk of potentially life-changing illness.

Atlanta Kroger Co. Stores Add Culinary Flair to Food Safety Education

Food thermometers and recipes are a perfect match for eager customers.

Atlanta Kroger Co. Stores Add Culinary Flair to Food Safety Education

For National Food Safety Education Month, the Partnership for Food Safety Education worked with contributing partner Kroger to create a week- by- week outreach plan. We thank every participating Kroger Co. store for joining us in this effort to connect with customers on food safety in September!


 

Kroger’s Atlanta Division added culinary flair to safe grilling information provided by the Partnership. They offered a double dose of fun to customers: delicious recipes and useful information on food thermometers!

They transformed PFSE’s food thermometer flyer into a recipe flyer, and printed the opposite side with a deliciously tempting recipe from Kroger Chef John Szymanski.

Atlanta’s food safety manager sent 200 flyers to each Atlanta Division store - 120,000 recipe flyers in total! Both customers and store managers loved them.  

Thank you Atlanta Division Kroger Stores for reminding consumers that food thermometers are a vital ingredient when preparing food at home!  

 

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BAC Fighter and Blogger Shares Food Safety Messages

After attending PFSE’s recent Knowledge Exchange, Marybeth was inspired to share

BAC Fighter and Blogger Shares Food Safety Messages

Some information demands a share! After the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s July Knowledge Exchange conference call on poultry handling, Marybeth Feutz was

inspired to share information on her blog, AgriCultured. In her post, Food Safety in the Kitchen, Marybeth shares some key points on consumer behavior from the call. 

Marybeth was was especially surprised that only 20% of people believed their family could become ill from chicken prepared in the home. Her post emphasizes how important it is for consumers to keep food safe once they get it home from the store. She plans to tackle washing chicken next.

Be sure to check our Marybeth’s blog and listen to the Knowledge Exchange conference call recording that inspired her post.

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