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
- 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.