World Food Safety Day

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This coming Monday (June 7) is World Food Safety Day. This is the third year that the World Health Organization has celebrated this day to recognize that safe, healthy and nutritious food is everyone’s right. They estimate 600 million people get sick from a foodborne illness each year. These illnesses are responsible for 420,000 preventable deaths. 

This special day is designated to draw attention and inspire action to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks worldwide. This year’s theme, “Safe Food for a Healthy Tomorrow”, stresses that making and eating safe food has both immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet, and the economy. 

One way that you can help to build safe food for the future is to teach your kids (and grandkids) about keeping food safe. A great resource is The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE). The PSFE is a public health non-profit organization dedicated to helping Americans prevent food poisoning at home. They have ideas for both keeping food safe and teaching kids about food safety. One of their suggestions is to inspire young cooks to create safe recipes. 

You may wonder… what’s a safe recipe? 

Simply, it’s a recipe that has some food safety tips built in. Research shows that people who follow food safety instructions are more likely to practice food safety behaviors. Consistently practicing food safety behaviors will help reduce the risk of foodborne illness. 

The PFSE developed a style guide that can be used by writers, bloggers, and just everyday cooks. This style guide provides easy edits to any recipe that can help improve food safety practices.

Here’s an example of a safe recipe. Notice the food safety tips in steps #1, #3, #5, #6, #7 and #9.

Flank Steak Pan Dinner

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs flank steak
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • Warm tortillas, for serving

Instructions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Heat oven to 425°F. Arrange rack in upper third of the oven.
  3. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place flank steak on baking sheet. Do not rinse raw meat. Wash hands after handling raw meat.
  4. Gently rub garlic and lime under cold running water.
  5. Combine garlic, lime juice, olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour marinade over steak and rub onto both sides. Wash hands with soap and water after handling raw meat.
  6. Do not reuse marinades used on raw foods. 
  7. Gently rub cherry tomatoes and shallots under cold running water.
  8. Spread cherry tomatoes and shallots over top of the steak and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Roast in oven until desired doneness, about 15 minutes for medium rare, or until internal temperature reaches 145°F on a food thermometer. Let rest for about 10 minutes, then slice and serve with melted tomatoes, shallots and warm tortillas. Recipe serves six.

The PFSE is having a Facebook Live event on World Food Safety Day at 7 p.m. EST to discuss getting kids and teens into the kitchen to create safe recipes. Join them to get some ideas of your own. The PSFE recently had a contest for kids on creating recipes. They will announce the winners of the contest that night, too.

One way you can participate in World Food Safety Day is to cook a safe recipe for your family or friends. If you create your own safe recipe, take a photo, and send it to PFSE, and (who knows) they may feature it on their website. For inspiration, there are more safe recipes on their website

Resources

World Health Organization

The Partnership for Food Safety Education

Safe Recipe Style Guide

Share your safe recipe


Cheryle Syracuse wrote this article and more similar ones for the Family and Consumer Sciences Column in the Brunswick Beacon. Syracuse is an FCS team member and can be reached at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center, 910-253-2610.