Every year, one in six Americans gets sick from dangerous foodborne bacteria. The estimated 128,000 who suffer serious illness requiring hospitalization each year are those most vulnerable to infections -- young children, the elderly, and other people with compromised immune systems. The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s mission is to end illness and death from foodborne infection in the United States.
We are a one-of-a-kind nonprofit that brings together public and private sectors to support health and food safety educators by making their work more visible, collaborative, and effective. The Partnership works with an active network of 14,000 health and food safety educators, providing them with tools they can use to educate people about protecting their health through safe food handling and hygiene. Sign up here to join this network of BAC Fighters!
The Partnership connects the local work of food safety and health educators to a Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 outcome-driven framework; connects educators to one another for professional development, information exchange, and collaboration; and elevates the importance of consumer education in the chain of prevention in food safety.
The organization was formed in 1997 in response to an independent panel report, "Putting the Food Handling Issue on the Table: The Pressing Need for Food Safety Education," which called for a national public-private partnership to educate the public about safe food handling and preparation. The Partnership is best known for its Fight BAC!® campaign that reaches millions of consumers with the four simple practices they can use to fight foodborne bacteria and reduce their risk of becoming sick – Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.
We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and by Shelley Feist, Executive Director. Ms. Feist has served as Executive Director since 2003. To learn more about the Partnership for Food Safety Education, have a look at our 2013 Annual Report.
We do not rely on federal grants for year-to-year operation support. Sponsoring and Public Partners are the associations and companies that make the work of the Partnership possible year after year. These organizations represent the country's leading consumer groups, food industry associations, and professional associations in food and nutrition.
The Partnership is also funded by contributions, grants, and in-kind support for special projects provided by corporations, government agencies, independent foundations, and non-profit organizations.