The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.
Foodborne diseases are an important public health burden in the United States. Everywhere food is prepared and served, food safety matters. This includes your own home kitchen, church dinners, concession stands, fund-raiser events, fast-food and full service restaurants. Food that is mishandled can cause very serious consequences for all, but especially for at-risk groups like infants and young children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.
Southwind Extension District will be offering opportunities for food service managers, workers, volunteers, and individuals to learn more about food safety and how to prevent foodborne illness.