Teaching Food Safety in the Classroom



“Raise your hand if you have leftovers in your fridge” says Tracy Ajello, a 5th grade teacher at Doolittle School in Cheshire, Connecticut. Hands shoot up in the air. Tracy often starts her lessons with a question to help her students make the connection between her food safety lessons and life at home. At school cookouts, Tracy shows children how to properly use a food thermometer – most have never seen a food thermometer and are quick to tattle-tail on their parents.

A veteran BAC! Fighter, Tracy was an author of some of the original Fight BAC!® experiments, activities, and assessments. She was also one of the two teacher authors to present the new Fight BAC!® program for the first time at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference. Tracy still uses Fight BAC!® materials because she believes it to be important to teach children about healthy living, and, too often, food safety is overlooked. Tracy finds such great joy out of seeing her experiments, activities, and assessments still being used.


Jazmin Nuno of the San Ysidro Health Center

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Cooking for a Healthy Lifestyle Program Teaches Food Safety to Adults

Jazmin Nuno is a Health Educator for the Cooking for a Healthy Lifestyle Program at San Ysidro Health Center in San Diego, California. The San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC) is a non-profit community health center, dedicated and committed to improving the health and well-being of underserved communities In the Central and South Region of San Diego. Jazmin oversees the cooking class program, which promotes food safety and encourages healthy eating habits in adults. The first class is dedicated to preventing foodborne illness. She loves using the Fight BAC!® produce brochure because it’s very easy for her students to understand and use at home. She also teaches the correct temperatures and food thermometer use in her two classes per week, which have 4-7 adults in them.

National Turkey Federation: Safely Enjoy Poultry on the Grill


The Partnership for Food Safety Education collaborated with the National Turkey Federation (NTF) on an e-card reminding consumers and food safety educators about safely enjoying poultry products on the grill. The e-card went out to more than 13,000 BAC Fighters (food safety educators) on June 12, 2012. BAC Fighters were lead to several resources for teaching, including a video and a webpage on safe summer grilling, and were reminded to always cook poultry products to 165 °F.  NTF, a long-time supporter and partner, sponsored the e-card.  Have a safe, tasty summer grilling season while Fighting BAC!®