-SHELLEY FEIST, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PARTNERSHIP FOR FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION
After two years of hard work where our Partners have helped to refine and advance the value proposition for consumer food safety education, and where Partners have come together to develop and launch significant new campaigns for consumers, it was great to see in September the public recognition from the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, for these efforts.
The Food Safe Families campaign and group leader, Robert Tuverson were recognized with a Secretary’s Award citing significant achievement in advancing USDA’s public health mission through the development of the multimedia public service campaign to help families prevent food poisoning. The Partnership for Food Safety Education was also recognized for its role in the Food Safe Families campaign effort.
Also the USDA Food and Nutrition Service food safety staff was recognized for managing the Produce Safety University which disseminates training for school nutrition professionals on handling fresh produce safely, resulting in increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children.
Let’s make sure to recognize the work of many more volunteers and professionals who work to educate consumers about the importance of safe food handling to good health. Please become active in helping to develop stories for the Team Food Safety Field Report blog. If you haven’t checked it out, please do so and consider submitting a short report highlighting education and outreach being done in your community or through your organization.