Health and Wellness
Summertime Food Safety
Resources to Help Educate Participants Reduce Risks of Foodborne Illness
The number of people engaging in outdoor activities, including food-related activities, goes up in the summer. So too does the number of people who get sick from food poisoning. Pregnant women and young children are among those at highest risk for foodborne illnesses, making safe food handling particularly important for them.
Check out the resources below that WIC staff can use to educate participants on food safety to help reduce their risk of foodborne illness.
Outdoor Activity-Specific Resources
- Consumer Fact Sheets from the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Summer Toolkit to Prevent Foodborne Illness
- Seven Super Steps to Safe Food in the Summer from the Partnership for Food Safety Education
- Family-friendly Summer and Vacation food safety tips and an infographic on the Food Safety by Events and Seasons webpage from Foodsafety.gov (or espanol.foodsafety.gov)
- Tips from FDA (including English and Spanish) on eating outdoors
- Get ready to grill safely from CDC, which also has a Spanish version
In addition to summertime food safety, it’s also important to continue practicing other healthy habits, including social distancing, to make sure everyone stays safe when visiting parks and recreational facilities.
General Food Safety Resources
- Start at the Store: 7 Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illness (English and Spanish)
- Food Safety for Children and Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
- WIC Human Milk Storage Guidelines
- Food Safety in Your Kitchen (English and Spanish)
- Food Recalls and Outbreaks
- Long-Term Effects of Foodborne Illness
Also available are CDC social media graphics in English and Spanish and webinars hosted by the Partnership for Food Safety Education, such as Keeping Babies & Toddlers Safe from Foodborne Illness and Health at Risk: Long-Term Health Effects of Foodborne Illness (1.0 CDR CEU offered for each!).
Have a food safety question? Ask USDA is here to help.
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