Food Safety Education Month

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September is National Food Safety Education Month. Learn how to be a food safety superhero! Take steps to help prevent food poisoning, and show others how to keep food safe.

Every year, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food. Anyone can get sick from a foodborne illness (also called food poisoning). But some groups of people are more likely to get sick and to have a more serious illness. These groups are:

  • Adults aged 65 and older
  • Children younger than 5
  • People with health problems or who take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness
  • Pregnant women

There are things you can do to protect yourself and your family. As you prepare and handle food, follow these four steps:

  • Clean: Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces often when you cook.
  • Separate: Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs. Separate them from cooked food and fresh produce.
  • Cook: Use a food thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to an internal temperature that kills germs.
  • Chill: Refrigerate perishable foodsexternal icon and leftovers within two hours. Chill within one hour if it’s above 90°F.

Join us in sharing information about the four steps to food safety. Let’s make sure everyone knows how to protect themselves and their loved ones from food poisoning.

Food Safety Education Month Materials

CDC Information on Food Safety

Federal Partner Information on Food Safety