Game Day Food Safety Tips

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Considering a game day gathering this season? Remember to limit close contact with people outside of your home, encourage handwashing, wear a mask, and avoid sharing utensils. Our updated CDC feature, also in Spanish, provides tips on how to avoid food poisoning.

Visit these CDC pages for more information on what to consider for hosting gatherings during COVID-19:

New CDC Report Details 10 Years of Investigations of Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Outbreaks Linked to Leafy Greens

A new CDC report describes findings from 10 years of investigating Shiga toxin-producing E. coli outbreaks linked to leafy greens. The authors identified 40 multistate outbreaks of E. coli infections linked to leafy greens in the United States and Canada from 2009 to 2018. These outbreaks resulted in 1,212 reported illnesses, 420 hospitalizations, and 8 deaths. Though the findings highlight the need to find ways to study outbreak patterns and reduce E. coli contamination, outbreaks are relatively rare. Leafy greens are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Cooking some leafy greens (such as kale and spinach) before eating, removing outer leaves, and washing leafy greens under running water can reduce the risk of food poisoning.

Read the full study at Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Learn more about safely selecting and preparing leafy greens from CDC’s feature Lettuce, Other Leafy Greens, and Food Safety.

Food Safety for Power Outages

It’s important to take steps to prepare for an emergency. If you experience a power outage or anticipate one in your area, you can take steps to keep your food safe. Visit CDC’s page Food Safety for Power Outages to find out what you can do to keep food safe before, during, and after a power outage and when you need to throw away food that could make you sick.

CDC to Speak at Public Meeting on the Future of Consumer Food Safety Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is holding a virtual public meeting, “Food Safety: Consumer Outreach and Education Today and for the Futureexternal icon,” on Oct. 6 to discuss the state of consumer food safety education, current research, and future studies and engagement.

During the meeting, the Director of CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Robert Tauxe, MD, and Amanda Garcia-Williams, PhD, of the division’s Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, will speak about consumer food safety education and handwashing. Consumer food safety educators and other federal agencies will also present.

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