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Food Safety Resources for Awareness and Outreach

The following resources, messages, and graphics are provided for local public health partners to use and share to help raise awareness about foodborne illness and promote food safety.

Food safety messaging can be shared year-round, but key times for awareness include: 

Graphics & Social Media Messaging

Graphics may be co-branded with local agency information and can be used for social media, digital ads, or as embedded links on webpages. Click an image to view and download (right-click and select "Save image as").

Food Safety Steps

The four steps of food safety are: clean, separate, cook, and chill.

Suggested message: 

​Following four simple steps at home — Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill — can help protect you and your loved ones from food poisoning. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDPHFoodborneIllnesses 

Food Safety Step #1: Clean your hands and kitchen surfaces
Food safety step #1: clean your hands and kitchen surfaces

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Practice the four steps of #FoodSafety! Step 1 – Clean: Wash your hands and the surfaces where you prepare food with warm, soapy water before you begin cooking. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/keep-food-safe.html#clean 

Food Safety Step #2: Separate raw meat from other food
Food Safety Step #2: Separate raw meat from other food

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Practice the four steps of #FoodSafety! Step 2 – Separate: Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods like salad and deli meats. Germs from raw meat can easily spread to other food if you don't keep them separate. https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/keep-food-safe.html#separate

Food Safety Step #3: Cook to the right temperature
Food Safety Step #3: Cook to the right temperature

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Practice the four steps of #FoodSafety! Step 3 – Cook: Heat food to the right temperature to kill any germs that can make you sick. Use a food thermometer to make sure meat has been fully cooked. Learn more: https://bit.ly/38sc2fd

Food Safety Step #4: Chill leftovers
Food Safety Step #4: Chill leftovers

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Practice the four steps of #FoodSafety! Step 4 – Chill: Refrigerate perishable food right away to prevent germs from growing. Germs can grow in food if left out at room temperature. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/keep-food-safe.html#chill

Teach kids about food safety!

Teach kids about food safety

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September is #FoodSafety Education Month! Teach kids how to prepare food using the 4 steps of food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill. Teaching good habits now will pay off later. Get fun games and activities for kids: 
https://www.fightbac.org/kidsfoodsafety/kids-games-and-activities/


Food-specific Messaging (Eggs, Raw Dough, Oysters)


Eggs can contain germs called Salmonella. Remember to fully cook eggs and wash your hands!

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Happy Fry-day! Eggs can have germs called #Salmonella in them, so cook eggs or dishes made with eggs fully. Remember: Wash your hands and any surfaces that touch raw eggs so germs don’t spread. Get more #FoodSafety tips: https://bit.ly/SalmonellaEggsCDC

Don't risk getting sick! Wait to eat cookie dough until it's fully baked.
Did you know? Germs from uncooked eggs and flour in raw cookie dough can make you sick.

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Say "no" to tasting raw dough. Raw flour and eggs in dough or batter can contain germs that can make you sick. Don't risk it – wait to eat dough or batter until it's fully cooked. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/no-raw-dough.html #FoodSafety #CookieDough

Don't risk getting sick! Cook oysters completely before eating.
Contaminated oysters don't look, smell, or taste different from other oysters. Always cook oysters just in case!

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Make sure to fully cook oysters and other shellfish before eating. Why? Raw or undercooked #oysters can be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a type of food poisoning called #vibriosis. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3lR1gad #FoodSafety #ShellfishSafety



Seasonal and Holiday Food Messaging

Wash your hands before cooking to prevent spreading germs that can make you sick.

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  • Start your holiday meal prep with clean hands and surfaces in the kitchen. Wash away germs that can cause food poisoning with soap and water before you get cooking! https://bit.ly/CDCHolidayFoodSafety
  • While cooking and baking this holiday season, remember to keep hands and surfaces clean in the kitchen. Wash away germs that can cause food poisoning with soap and water before you get cooking! https://bit.ly/CDCHolidayFoodSafety
Did you know? Raw meat is covered with germs that can make you sick. Keep raw meat separate from other food.

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  • During your holiday meal prep, keep raw meat away from ready-to-eat foods in the kitchen. Use separate cutting boards for fresh produce and raw meat to help keep germs from spreading that can make you sick. https://bit.ly/CDCHolidayFoodSafety
Did you know? You shouldn't was or rinse raw turkey because it can spread germs in the kitchen.
Prevent food poisoning this holiday season: use a food thermometer to make sure food is cooked.

​Suggested messages:

  • Did you know? You shouldn't wash or rinse raw turkey because it can spread germs in the kitchen. Instead, cook your holiday turkey thoroughly to kill any germs. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDCHolidayTurkey
  • Washing your turkey before cooking it can spread germs to other foods, utensils, and countertops in the kitchen. The best way to safely prepare a turkey is to cook it thoroughly – doing this will kill any germs that can make you or your family sick. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDCHolidayTurkey and 
    https://bit.ly/TurkeyUSDA
Holiday food safety tip: remember to store leftovers in the fridge within 2 hours.

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After your holiday meal, make sure to put away leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours. Germs that can make you and your family sick can grow in food that is left out at room temperature. Take time to chill! https://bit.ly/USDAFoodTemp 

Eggnog

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Some favorite holiday recipes may call for raw or lightly cooked eggs. But some raw eggs can have harmful bacteria in them called #Salmonella. To keep from getting sick, adapt favorite recipes to make sure eggs are fully cooked or pasteurized: https://bit.ly/FDASafeFoodServing #Eggnog

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It may be tempting to sneak a taste of raw cookie dough this holiday season, but for your safety, wait to eat dough or batter until it's fully cooked. Raw flour and eggs in cookie dough can contain germs that can make you sick. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDCRawDough #CookieDough


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