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September is National Food Safety Education Month. The purpose of the month's designation is to focus on educating the public about how to handle and prepare food properly in order to prevent foodborne disease. "Keep it Clean: The First Step to Food Safety" is the theme, and the central message is to "wash hands and surfaces often to prevent foodborne illnesses." Data shows that poor personal hygiene is a factor in over one-third of foodborne disease outbreaks reported in America.

For information on how to handle and prepare food safely, call:
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food Safety:
  • USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-800-535-4555
  • FDA Consumer Food Information Line: 1-800-332-4010
  • FDA Florida District Office (Lynne Isaacs): 1-407-475-4704

Information is also available via the World Wide Web at:
  • National Food Safety Education: www.foodsafety.gov
  • FDA Center for Food Safety and Nutrition: www.cfsan.fda.gov
  • USDA/FDA Foodborne Illness Education Information Center: www.nalusda.gov/fnic/foodborne/foodborn.htm
  • Partnership for Food Safety Education: www.fightbac.org

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