Food Safe Consumer (Lesson 23)

Heli J. Roy, Soileau, Sally M.  |  3/5/2005 12:07:32 AM

Results from the Food Marketing Institute's 1997 Trends survey show that 69% of the consumers surveyed considered food spoilage to be the greatest food safety threat, with only 17% citing bacterial contamination as a problem. Unsanitary handling and processing/preparation of foods barely ranked. Consumers have a limited knowledge of food safety issues, which in turn can affect their food-handling practices. In fact, improper food handling at the point of preparation accounts for the largest number of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 97% of foodborne illnesses could be prevented by simply washing hands and improving food handling practices. So simply put, everyone who handles food needs to know safe food-handling practices.

EatSmart Lesson 23 - Food Safe Consumer

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