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Crowdfunding Foodborne Illness Education in Hospitals

The public health organization STOP Foodborne Illness has launched a crowdfunding campaign to educate emergency room doctors about foodborne illness. The organization is trying to raise $15,000 on everydayhero.com to pay for creation of an education packet to send to every pediatric ER and hospital in the U.S. so that patients receive proper treatment. Distinguishing the… Continue Reading

Increasing Food-Safety Education in Schools Could Reduce Foodborne Illness in Kids

There’s a lack of food-safety education in schools that, if addressed, could help reduce the high rates of foodborne illness among children. Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans contract a foodborne illness, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, pregnant and postpartum women, and those with compromised immune systems, are at… Continue Reading

Training Teachers Helps Students Learn Food Safety

One way to teach kids about food safety and nutrition is to teach their teachers. That’s the idea behind a training program the Food and Drug Administration has been running for the past 15 years. “Science and Our Food Supply” is a week-long program held in the summer that brings together teachers from all over… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety in Education

This week, Food Safety News is acknowledging leaders who help keep our food supply safe.

Today we celebrate educators.  In the days ahead we’ll celebrate leaders in consumer groups, government agencies, non-government organizations, the food industry and the news media.  Of course, no list is ever complete so if you think we’ve forgotten someone, please leave us a note in the comments. The focus of the best of the best… Continue Reading

Study Finds Lack of Food Safety Education for Older Adults

Older adults–along with pregnant women, young children and immune-compromised individuals–face a higher risk of severe illness from foodborne pathogens than the rest of the population. However, a new study suggests that the elderly and their caregivers may not be getting the food safety education they need to implement safe cooking and eating practices. Researchers at… Continue Reading

Students Get Food Safety Message

In one of its many outreach programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently teamed up with The Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) in Washington, D.C. to bring food safety education to deaf and hard of hearing students. FDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) held a food safety education camp at KDES to teach basic safe food preparation protocol and other… Continue Reading

Minnesota Extension Combats Foodborne Illness

Dr. Joellen Feirtag wears many hats. One day she is a food sleuth, taking swab samples at a meat plant to find the origin of an E. coli outbreak. The next, she is instructing its employees in food safety.  Next week she might be conducting food safety research.   All of these jobs are part of Feirtag’s role as State Food… Continue Reading