Health and Wellness
Summertime Food Safety
Resources to Help Educate Participants to Reduce Risks of Foodborne Illnesses
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.
There are a number of resources WIC staff can use to help educate participants on food safety to reduce the risk of a foodborne illness, from those that are specific to outdoor activities, such as
- Steps to safe food in the summer from the Partnership for Food Safety Education, which also includes USDA's meat and poultry hotline
- The Summer and Vacations webpage from Foodsafety.gov offers a food safety video, downloadable infographics and much more! The site is available in Spanish
- Tips from FDA (including English and Spanish handouts) and foodsafety.gov on eating outdoors
- Get ready to grill safely from CDC, which also has a Spanish version
to those that are applicable no matter the time or place, such as
- Food Safety for Children and Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
- WIC Human Milk Storage Guidelines
- Long-Term Effects of Foodborne Illness page
- and more by searching “food safety” on the WIC Works Resource System
Also available are these 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.
In addition, from the CDC’s Public Health Media Library, you will find a curated microsite related to Summer Health & Safety that includes information related to Food Safety and can easily be embedded directly into your organization’s website, is interactive and will remain updated.