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Votes Sought for ‘Keep it Clean’ Billboard


AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa Food Safety Task Force is marking September's designation as National Food Safety Month by asking consumers to vote on their choice of five billboard messages.


“Unwashed hands are a leading cause of food borne illness,” reminds Sam Beattie, Iowa State University Extension food science specialist. “An estimated 50 to 60 million Americans become ill because someone failed to practice good hygiene before leaving the bathroom and/or preparing food.”


Beattie added, “If you are interested in helping get the message out, go to http://www.iowafoodsafety.org and vote on the new Iowa educational campaign for handwashing. You can vote on your favorite message and give input for a handwashing campaign."


The Iowa Food Safety Task Force receives federal funds through the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. It provides an educational forum for the food industry and includes representatives of the Iowa Restaurant Association, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Pork, the Turkey Federation, Senator Harkin’s Office, Iowa State University and other state organizations.



Contacts :

Sam Beattie, Food Science/Human Nutrition, (515) 294-3357, beatties@iastate.edu

Diane Nelson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-3178, dinelson@iastate.edu