Food Safety Month
FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH
September is National Food Safety Education Month. One of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s food safety objectives is to raise awareness about healthy practices to prevent food poisoning. Every year in the United States, an estimated one in six persons (48 million persons) become ill, and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food.
Some persons are at higher risk for food-borne illnesses (food poisoning) or might experience more severe symptoms: children aged <5 years, adults aged ≥65 years, pregnant women, and those with immune systems compromised by medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and human immunodeficiency virus infection, or by treatments such as chemotherapy.