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Practice Food Safety This Summer

Food safety for food service professionals

As mask mandates are being lifted and more and more individuals are getting vaccinated, it’s important to go into summer knowing that health and safety are still important and should be kept top-of-mind. Outdoor dining is a favorite activity for many in warm weather, but can pose risks when food is not monitored and stored properly.

World Food Safety Day, celebrated on June 7, is a great reminder for us all that the risk of foodborne illness is serious, and there are steps we can and should take to avoid it. Food service staff have likely already been practicing elevated safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. But should those precautions stop, or are they valuable to keep in place? Explore this idea further with the resources below.

World Food Safety Day 2021

World Health Organization

World Food Safety Day, recognized on June 7 2021, aims to elevate the global burden of foodborne diseases. This year’s theme is “Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow”, which stresses that production and consumption of safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy.

Food Safety for Older Adults and People with Cancer, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Organ Transplants, and Autoimmune Diseases

FDA

Food safety is especially important for vulnerable individuals with a weakened immune system, including older adults and people with cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, organ transplants, or autoimmune diseases.

Additional Resources for Food Safety

If you want to take a deeper dive into the topic of food safety, these websites have many helpful resources for both nutrition professionals and consumers.

Food Code 2017 Course

Becky Dorner & Associates

This course is based on the 2017 Food Code published by the US Public Health Service of the US Food and Drug Administration (USDA). Updated every 4 years, the Food Code provides guidance to food handling establishments on best practices to assure safe food handling.

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