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Partnership for Food Safety EducationPFSE

Quick test yourself with this question: Do you know the four core safe food handling messages that can help you and your family reduce the risk of food borne illness when preparing food at home?

A 1996 report, "Putting the Food Handling Issue on the Table: the Pressing Need for Food Safety Education," elevated the need for action on consumer food safety education, and led to a pledge of cooperation between government agencies, industry, and consumer groups for the development of a national food safety education campaign. The result was formation of the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education and launch in 1997 of the consumer-tested Fight BAC!® campaign and its actionable consumer messages.

Today the Partnership's base of engaged public and private organizations stands at 18, and its network of message amplifiers in communities across the country (BAC Fighters) has grown to more than 9,000. The Partnership leverages resources from public and private sectors like the American Cleaning Institute® to educate consumers online and to create downloads that educators use to teach others about the importance of safe food handling to good health.

The challenges in food safety education have evolved over the past 13 years, and the need to measure progress is critical. Through the leadership of its government partners from the US Food and Drug Administration and US Department of Agriculture, the Partnership is leading a strategic effort right now to review and refresh the science-based approach to actionable consumer messaging and to develop a multi-year national food safety education strategic plan that is based on stakeholder commitments to action.

Follow the strategic initiative through the Partnership's Facebook page and check out www.fightbac.org where you can sign up to receive weekly e-cards, and download consumer advice around those four messages that remain the basis of consumer food safety education: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill! You remembered them, right? Make it a safe, fun, easy, tasty Holiday by visiting www.holidayfoodsafety.org.

For more information about the Partnership for Food Safety Education, email info@fightbac.org.

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