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September is Food Safety Month

Safe Food

September is Food Safety Month!  The year 2009 marks the 16th year of this campaign, begun in 1994 by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's (NRAEF) International Food Safety Council. National Food Safety Education Month® is an annual promotion to heighten the awareness about the importance of food safety education.

Each year a new theme and training activities are created for the restaurant and foodservice industry to reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. The  2009 theme is “Food Safety Thrives When You Focus on Five”. 

The 5 key points to remember to ensure food is kept safe are:

  1. Purchase Food From Safe Sources
  2. Clean and Sanitize
  3. Cross Out Cross Contamination 
  4. Avoid time and temperature abuse – Use a Thermometer
  5. Practice personal hygiene – Wash those hands!

More information and downloadable materials can be found at: