National Food Safety Month

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National Food Safety Month (NFSM) is the one month out of the year dedicated to food safety education. Did you know that roughly one in six people get sick from a foodborne illness in the United States each year and much of this can be prevented? The way recipes are written can help people keep food safety in mind.

Researchers at Tennessee State University watched people cook and found that when recipes contain food safety instructions, people follow them. Here are a couple examples:  59% of the people washed their hands before cooking. When they added hand washing as part of the recipe 90% washed first. The results were even more dramatic when the recipe included instructions for using a food thermometer. The study showed that only 20% of people used food thermometers when using recipes WITHOUT safety instructions and 86% used thermometers when given recipes WITH safety instructions.


Both hand washing before cooking and using a thermometer are two easy ways to increase the safety of the food you cook.


Most of you are probably not food writers or food bloggers and not writing recipes. But, many of you are parents or grandparents that are teaching young people how to cook. Sometimes this is done just by them watching what you do in a kitchen.

Be a good role model and use good  food safety practices in the kitchen.

For info on National Food Safety Month and writing food safe recipes go to the Partnership for Food Safety Education

Source:  Cheryle Jones Syracuse, Family and Consumer Science staff member