Fight Food Poisoning During Food Safety Education Month

Graphic for Food Safety Education Month

September marks Food Safety Education Month. Every year, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) get sick and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food.

You can take steps to help prevent food poisoning and stay healthy. Learn more below about how to fight the germs that cause foodborne illness.

Protect Yourself From Food Poisoning:

  • Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces often when you cook.
  • Use a food thermometerexternal icon to make sure foods are cooked thoroughly, to an internal temperature that kills germs.
  • Refrigerate leftovers and perishable foods such as meat, milk, cut produce, and eggs, within 2 hours. Chill within 1 hour if it’s above 90°F.
  • If you get food or groceries delivered, use a food thermometer to make sure food arrives at a safe temperature. If perishable foods are above 40°F, notify the company and don’t eat them.
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables in running water before eating or cooking, and scrub uncut, firm produce such as cucumbers or potatoes with a clean brush.
    • Don’t use soap, bleach, other disinfectants, or chemicals on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Visit CDC’s food safety website to find videos, tips to prevent food poisoning, and social media graphics. And, visit Food and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to learn about food safety during COVID-19. These pages can also be found in Spanish. For information on environmental assessments and other resources for food safety programs, visit CDC’s environmental health services website.

Add CDC Food Safety Resources to Your Website

The CDC Food Safety Microsite allows you to add up-to-date information from CDC to your website. Visitors to your site will be able to access information on food poisoning and prevention tips directly. Visit the Public Health Media Library to view the collection of food safety resources available to add to other websites. 

Updated CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Outbreak Response Released

The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) has updated its CIFOR Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response. The guidelines are a comprehensive source of information on foodborne disease investigation and control for local, state, territorial, tribal, and federal health agencies.

The revised guidelines address rapid and continuing changes in many aspects of food safety, including laboratory technology, data sharing, improved disease detection methods, increasing centralization of food production, and changing eating habits.

The guidelines can be downloaded now. A limited number of free, printed versions will be available in fall 2020.