Ehstoday 3270 June2012595x335foodsafety

The Founding Fathers, Food Safety and the Fourth of July

June 28, 2012
This 4th of July, the Ad Council, the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health and Human Services are letting the founding fathers of the country do the talking with a unique infographic, sharing the four easy steps to food safety.: Clean, separate, cook and chill. It’s as simple as that.

As the 4th of July approaches and a heatwave blankets the country, cases of foodborne illnesses are surging. For example:

  1. Incidents of food poisoning surge over the summer months because bacteria multiply faster when it’s warm.
  2. Americans spend $400 million on beef alone for July 4th barbeques.
  3. USDA research shows that one out of every four hamburgers turns brown before it has reached a safe internal temperature.
  4. New FDA research done in collaboration with USDA shows that only 23 percent of Americans who own a food thermometer actually use it when grilling hamburgers.
  5. 48 million Americans (at least one in six) will get sick from foodborne illness this year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.
How can families avoid these serious public health threats during the July 4th holiday and summer months when they are at most risk? Just listen to the founding fathers and for more tips, got to FoodSafety.gov and check out the “Ask Karen” app.

Sponsored Recommendations

ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)

March 28, 2024
ISO 45001 certification – reduce your organizational risk and promote occupational health and safety (OHS) by working with SGS to achieve certification or migrate to the new standard...

Want to Verify your GHG Emissions Inventory?

March 28, 2024
With the increased focus on climate change, measuring your organization’s carbon footprint is an important first action step. Our Green House Gas (GHG) verification services provide...

Download Free ESG White Paper

March 28, 2024
The Rise and Challenges of ESG – Your Journey to Enhanced Sustainability, Brand and Investor Potential

Work Safety Tips: 5 Tactics to Build Employee Engagement for Workplace Safety

March 13, 2024
Employee safety engagement strategies have become increasingly key to fostering a safer workplace environment. But, how exactly do you encourage employee buy-in when it comes ...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of EHS Today, create an account today!