Get involved with Food Safety! Here are some ideas on how to bring food safety into the home and the classroom.
USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone
The USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone is a 40-foot traveling mobile exhibit that showcases the science of food safety associated with four safe food handling practices: clean, separate, cook, and chill. The USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone demonstrates how taking these important steps to food preparation can protect you and your family from food poisoning. The “Zone” appears at state fairs, tailgating events, schools, grocery stores, and other venues in partnership with local food safety and public health organizations to conduct food safety outreach to consumers. To request an appearance by the USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone, visit our website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Food_Safety_Education/Request_a_Food_Safety_Mobile_Visit/index.asp
Food Safety Education Camp
The USDA Food Safety Education Camp functions as a supplemental food safety teaching module for elementary level science teachers. The Camp features interactive learning stations where students experience the science behind the four key food safety lessons of Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. The Camp was designed to raise student awareness about the risks of food poisoning and motivate them to take steps to protect themselves, their families, and friends. Download a guide to hosting your own Food Safety Education Camp.
Become a BAC! Fighter
Be a BAC! Fighter: Join the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s weekly email list to fight foodborne bacteria (BAC!). Weekly ecards highlight useful, customizable food safety education materials. Submit a story about how you’re using the Food Safe Families toolkit in your community to educate others. The Partnership for Food Safety Education is committed to educating consumers on the four important practices – Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill - they can use to fight foodborne bacteria and reduce their risk of becoming sick. Find out more at http://fightbac.org.
Food Safety in the Classroom
Let your area school teachers, science department, or curriculum coordinator know about easy-to-use food safety curriculum. Science & Our Food Supply is a supplementary curriculum developed by FDA and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for middle and high school classrooms. It’s free and can be ordered online at http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/StudentsTeachers/ScienceandTheFoodSupply/default.htm. Additional resources for teachers can be found through FDA at http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/StudentsTeachers/default.htm or at http://www.teachfoodscience.com, a site designed to feature food science content from both FDA and NSTA.
Fight BAC! Curriculum
Build a food safe classroom: Use Fight BAC! curriculum kits in your classroom, scout meeting, or summer camp to fight bacteria and teach safe kitchen practices. Find games, activities, videos, and more. Here you’ll find guides for advancing food safety across the curriculum, around your school, and around your community. Materials are available for all age groups, K-12. How Children Fight BAC! meets State Core Curriculum requirements for Health Education. Visit http://fightbac.org/curriculum-and-kids/139-curriculum-for-kids.