September is National Food Safety Month, a month-long, annual awareness campaign intended to highlight food safety practices that help keep the public and their families safe from foodborne illness. Did you know that each year roughly 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3000 die from foodborne diseases? Over the coming weeks the Environmental Health division of the Peoria City/County Health Department will be sharing tips, tools, and education in five different categories for foodservice staff members to explore.
Carey Panier, Director of Environmental Health at Peoria City/County Health Department states, “This year has been challenging for our entire community. We applaud the Peoria County food service establishments that have continued to uphold high standards of food safety during a pandemic. Thank you for continuing to make food safety a priority!”
The Peoria City/County Health Department encourages foodservice staff, and anyone interested in food safety, to follow the Environmental Health Facebook Page (PeoriaCountyEH) and Instagram (PeoriaCountyEH) to learn tips and behaviors that could help prevent foodborne diseases.
A free National Food Safety Month Toolkit can be downloaded at www.foodsafetyfocus.com. 2020 National Food Safety Month Topics Include:
Week 1: Personal Hygiene
Week 2: Cleaning and Sanitation
Week 3: Safe Food Preparation
Week 4: Food Safety Procedures
Week 5: COVID-19 Precautions
For more information about food safety, environmental health topics, or other important public health issues visit our website at www.pcchd.org.