Foodborne illnesses* are a serious public health threat. Each year, approximately 76 million cases of foodborne illness occur in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those cases of foodborne illness, more than 325,000 people are hospitalized and about 5,000 deaths occur.
Why Be Food Safe?
Preventing foodborne illness is one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) top priorities. For more than 100 years, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has worked with our Nation’s commercial suppliers to ensure that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged for public consumption. And because research shows that improper handling, preparation, and storage of food can cause foodborne illness, FSIS has conducted — and is a key stakeholder in — many public education programs to prevent foodborne illness.
What is the Be Food Safe Campaign?
USDA developed the Be Food Safe Campaign in cooperation with the Partnership for Food Safety Education, FDA, and CDC because research shows that Americans are aware of food safety, but they need more information to achieve and maintain safe food handling behaviors. The Be Food Safe Campaign, which is grounded in social marketing, behavior change, and risk communications theories, is designed to provide educators with the tools to inform consumers about foodborne illness and raise the level of awareness of the dangers associated with improper handling and undercooking of food.
* Foodborne illnesses are defined as diseases, usually either infectious or toxic in nature, caused by agents that enter the body through the ingestion of food.
Internet: <www.fsis.usda.gov> (adapted).
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Americans are perfectly conscious of the danger of undercooked food.