A Rubber Chicken and a Food Safety Lesson Learned

Jennifer Jackson is a BAC Fighter with Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities in Annapolis, Maryland. Their newsletters, which contain food safety tips, reach an estimated 12,000 family members, caregivers, managers, nurses, and assisted living facilities.

The department also has active and creative food safety trainings for area caregivers, managers, delegating nurses, and other staff who work in assisted living facilities throughout the county, reaching about fifty each year with science-based food safety information.

One of the “stars” of the trainings is Chelsea the Chicken, a bikini clad rubber chicken who is “a diva that doesn’t like to get her swimsuit wet”. This little prop helps to bring home the message of not washing poultry in the sink.

One of the participants in the training was Abdul Abdullah, owner of two assisted living facilities in their county. Abdul said the training confirmed for him that washing poultry was not needed and actually increased food safety risk.  He had heard this before but it wasn’t until he came to the training that it was validated for him with clear, science-based information. Now he confidently shares this information with his staff and with his family members at home.

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At the Make Health Happen Fair, Anne Arundel Cnt., MD. Pictured (L to R): Susan Shelton, Program Director, Chelsea the Chicken, and Carol Clemmens, Assisted Living Associate, Assisted Living and Housing Department, Anne Arundel Cnt Dept. of Aging and Disabilities.

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Pictured (L to R): Fannie Sumter, Carol Clemmens, Susan Shelton, and Jennifer Jackson, Anne Arundel Cnt Dept of Aging and Disabilities.

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Check out this flyer on how to make your Food Safety Game Plan on Game Day.Fight BAC Football  FlyerFNL

Kick Off! Publix Supports Food Safe Tailgates!

9/23/2015.  Publix Super Markets connects its National Food Safety Education Month outreach (September) with its’ Publix Ultimate Food Safe Tailgate Experience! Publix is the official supermarket of four National Football League teams – the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Atlanta Falcons—and also supports area college football.

Throughout September Publix is supporting food-safe tailgating events for fans of all the teams – including handing out the Publix Chill Checker and thermometers to fans!

While food safety is every day at Publix, in September especially the company stresses the importance of food safety with its’ associates –while they are at work through weekly communications and while at home through its’ associate website.

In September Publix is also working with Newspapers in Education to deliver a 20-page food safety curriculum program for high school students throughout the Southeastern US. Each newspaper has a Publix Chill Checker attached to the front page. A social media campaign encourages these students to use their Publix Chill Checker and post to Instagram. C3 - Ultimate Food Safe Tailgate_Page_1

Culinary Arts Students Make Food Safety Visit to Elementary School


Culinary Arts students at the Caldwell County Area Technology Center in Kentucky brought valuable food safety messages to younger kids at Caldwell County Elementary and Primary Schools.

In just a few days, kids learned all about handwashing, food temperatures and the “Danger Zone”, kitchen safety, food borne illnesses, and how to use color-coded cutting boards. The kids loved seeing the germs on their hands using the Glo-Germ kits and trying on hairnets provided by a nearby ConAgra Foods.

Thanks to these lessons, the kids are ready to Fight BAC! against foodborne illness.


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Soup kitchen set includes Fight BAC!® posters


The set for the Horizon Theatre’s Atlanta production of GRAND CONCOURSE by playwright Heidi Schreck takes place in a church soup kitchen in the Bronx.

BAC Fighter and former PFSE Board member, Missy Cody, was delighted to see these Fight BAC!® safe food handling posters hanging on the set when she attended the production in early April!   We’re definitely for all actual and all theatrical kitchens posting Fight BAC!® food safety practices!  Thank you for sharing this with BAC Fighters Missy!