From Farm to Fork, “The Story of Your Dinner” Shows Consumers the Importance of Food Safety

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The Partnership for Food Safety Education teams up with Cargill, the Frozen Food Foundation and Costco Wholesale to educate consumers on food safety and reduce foodborne illness

With the holiday season upon us, millions of Americans are busy traveling, testing out seasonal recipes and making food for holiday bazaars and parties. The last thing anyone wants – or thinks about – during this happy time is foodborne illness. What many don’t realize, however, is that one in six people become sick from a foodborne illness each year, with young children and the elderly often facing the harshest symptoms. To support home cooks in getting a safe and healthy meal on the table, this year the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) is conducting a national “The Story of Your Dinner” consumer education campaign.

“We want to engage holiday cooks in an interactive way as they host holiday parties and create seasonal traditions,” said Shelley Feist, PFSE executive director. “Food safety basics are so important during the holiday season and will ensure everyone has the most enjoyable Friendsgiving, Hanukah and office Christmas parties. Nobody has time to get sick!”

At StoryOfYourDinner.org, learn the importance of the “Core Four” Fight BAC!® home food safety practices:

Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often.
Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate.
Cook: Cook to the safe internal temperature.
Chill: Refrigerate or freeze promptly.

Useful at-home tips will be shared through:

An educational video exploring the “chain of prevention” – beginning at the farm and processing level to retail and the family dinner table.

Five recipe cards for holiday dishes, complete with important food safety steps – created in collaboration with
participating food bloggers:

7-Layer Salad by Food Family Fun
Mini Turtle Cheesecakes by Miss in the Kitchen
Butter Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Candied Pecans by Eazy Peazy Meals
Stovetop Creamed Corn by Katie’s Cucina
Cauliflower Rice Gratin with Kale and Leeks by PDX Food Love

Three instructional videos, showing how to create delicious, holiday dishes in compliance with food safety standards. Recipes include:

Roast Turkey (Video/Recipe)
Southern Green Beans and New Potatoes with Bacon (Video/Recipe)
Broccoli Supreme Stuffed Potatoes (Video/Recipe)

Educational materials designed for easy distribution through social media and digital communications for use by the
public health industry.

Printable activity placemats for children to make learning about food safety fun.

PFSE’s social media channels, Facebook.com/FightBAC, Twitter.com/Fight_BAC, YouTube.com/BACFighter and
https://www.instagram.com/pfse.fightbac/, with helpful food safety tips and healthy holiday ideas throughout the season.

Learn about food safety and find educational materials at StoryOfYourDinner.org.
In its second year, “The Story of Your Dinner” is aimed at consumers nationwide. Campaign sponsors, who demonstrate a collective commitment to engaging Americans on the importance of food safety, include Cargill, Costco Wholesale and the Frozen Food Foundation.

About the Partnership for Food Safety Education
The non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education is the originator of science-based food safety messages and the national leader in developing and disseminating information around the linkage of food safety consumer education with positive health outcomes. Food safety and health educators, and consumers, can download free food safety education information from the Partnership’s website at http://www.fightbac.org/. The Partnership is the creator and steward of the popular Fight BAC!® national food safety education campaign.

The Partnership is supported by the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, NSF International, the Produce Marketing Association and the National Pork Board among other leading industry associations, professional societies in food science, nutrition and health and consumer groups.

About Cargill
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, the company helps people thrive by applying its insights and 152 years of experience. Cargill has 149,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where they live and work. For more information, visit Cargill.com.

About Frozen Food Foundation
The Frozen Food Foundation exists to foster scientific research, public awareness and industry education regarding the nutritional, safety and societal attributes of frozen foods for the benefit of the common good. The Frozen Food Foundation is affiliated with the American Frozen Food Institute. To learn more, please visit http://www.frozenfoodfacts.org/.

About Costco Wholesale
Costco currently operates 736 warehouses, including 511 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 97 in Canada, 37 in Mexico, 28 in the United Kingdom, 25 in Japan, 13 in Korea, 13 in Taiwan, eight in Australia, two in Spain, one in Iceland and one in France. Costco also operates electronic commerce web sites in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea and Taiwan.

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