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Just a Lick Can Make You Sick

Sunday, September 15th, 2013


The Saturday programs at the “Can Do” Street Recreation Center were in full swing. It was the first meeting of the “Can Do Kids Chefs Club. They were making chocolate chip cookies under the watchful eyes of Grandma Hattie and Grandma Frances.

Just as the cookies were ready to be shaped and put on the cookie sheet, Grandma Hattie saw Kathy take a ball of raw dough and start to put it in her mouth.  Grandma Hattie said, “Stop Kathy, don’t eat that raw dough!” Kathy quickly put the dough down, but then said, “I do this all the time at home; my mom does it too. What’s wrong with eating cookie dough anyway?”

“What’s wrong with it child,” said Grandma Hattie. “Why just one lick can make you sick! No one of any age should eat raw cookie dough or cake batter because it could contain germs that cause illness. Whether it’s pre-packaged or homemade, the heat from baking is required to kill germs that might be in the raw ingredients.”

“Besides,” added Grandma Frances, “the finished, baked product tastes far better! Remember, kids who eat raw cookie dough and cake batter are at greater risk of getting food poisoning than most adults are.”

So remember boys and girls at home, don’t take a lick of batter; it can make you sick!

Source: The Partnership for Food Safety Education 2013


The Perfect Picnic

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

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The Partnership for Food Safety Education shares the following story with you about picnic food safety.

One summer afternoon… The sun was shining and the birds were chirping, but Anna was sitting inside. She gazed longingly out of her window at her neighbor’s shiny new bicycle. Her mother had told her she could have one too, but only if she could raise the money to pay for it herself! How was she going to do that?

Later on, Anna was out walking when she noticed a sign at her local park: “Need a summer job? Become manager of your own picnic park! Raise money by renting picnic lots and keeping visitors happy and healthy!”

Thinking that it sounded fun, Anna headed over to the park department office to get started.
1. What items must Anna stock in her park to make sure her visitors follow food safety practices?
A) Flowers, a fountain, a tree, and some ice cubes.
B) A grill, a cooler, a food prep station, and a food safety sign.
C) A picnic table, a trash can, a restroom, and some grill brushes.

The next day, Anna checks on her park before dinner. Her stock of food thermometers is low.
2. What should she do?
A) Not worry. You can tell if food is cooked by looking at the color!
B) Wait and see if her park visitors mention it.
C) Re-stock immediately. Food thermometers are the only way to tell if meat is cooked safely.
Anna decides to buy flowers instead of restocking her food thermometers. Later that week, she gets a phone call that a few of her visitors are in the hospital with food poisoning! Feeling terrible, Anna reads and learns that using food thermometers is the only way to tell if meat is cooked to a safe internal temperature!
A few days later…Something has gone terribly wrong at Anna’s picnic park! Many of her visitors are unhappy or sick. Anna notices that her park is out of soap.
3. True/False: Being unable to wash their hands with running water and soap is probably making Anna’s visitors sick.
While watching over her park, Anna notices her visitors doing unsafe things! They’re not washing their hands before handling food and after using the bathroom, and they’re not keeping their food separated to avoid cross contamination. She decides to buy a food safety sign so her visitors will be constantly reminded of the four core practices.
4. Fill in the blank. Anna’s food safety sign reminds her visitors to Clean, Separate, __________ and Chill.
Anna wants all of her visitors to learn as much about food safety as she has. The park department offers food safety training she could buy. It’s expensive and she will have to wait longer to get her bicycle, but she doesn’t want any more visitors to get sick at her park.
5. Yes/No: Should Anna buy food safety training for her visitors?
Anna decided to buy the food safety training to keep her visitors happy and healthy. Good news: it worked! No one has been sick since the training and her visitors keep coming back to her park. It makes Anna happy to know she is keeping her park visitors safe from food poisoning. What else makes Anna happy? With the money from her visitor’s repeat visits, she has just enough for that shiny new bicycle.

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Partnership for Food Safety Education July 2013


Food Safety and Fixing an After School Snack

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

nurse diane teaches after school snackNurse Diane visited the “Can Dos” in class and spoke to them about being careful when they prepare an after school snack at home.

Here is what she had to say. “You need to be careful when you make an after school  snack or you could wind up getting sick. This is what you need to do keep from getting sick:

  • First…put your books, knapsack, and sporting equipment on the floor, not on eating counters or the kitchen table where the germs on your bag, books and sporting equipment can get on the table where you are going to make your snack or eat it.
  • Wipe the counter or food preparation area before you put food on it to make sure their are no germs on the counter. Use a clean paper towel with hot water and soap to wipe the counter. Then rinse the area with another clean paper and clean, cool water. Make sure you get all the soap up
  • Clean out your lunch box and throw away sandwiches or other “refrigerator type” foods, such as yogurt tubes or cheese sticks, left over from lunch that are no longer safe to eat. Don’t eat them for a snack. It doesn’t matter if they look or smell okay.
  • Wash your hands before you make or eat a snack. Hands carry lots of germs, and not washing hands is a big reason for getting sick from making food with germ-filled hands.
  • Always use clean spoons, forks, and plates.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with running tap water before you eat them.
  • Do not eat bread, cheese, or soft fruits or vegetables that have bruises or spots of mold.
  • Do not eat unbaked cookie dough because it may contain raw eggs that can have bacteria that can make you sick.
  • Do not leave cold items, like milk, lunch meat, hard cooked eggs, or yogurt, out on the counter at room temperature. Put these foods back in the refrigerator as soon as you’ve fixed your snack.
  • Don’t eat any food that has been  left out of the refrigerator, such as pizza — even if it isn’t topped with meat. Food should not be left in the temperature “Danger Zone” of 40 to 140 °F for more than 2 hours or no more than 1 hour if the temperature is 90 °F or higher.
  • When you finish preparing your snack, be sure to wash off the counter or food prep area with a clean paper towel.”

“Wow,” said Hector, “That’s a bunch of things to remember about making a snack!”

Nurse Diane nodded and answered, ” True, but It beats getting tummy troubles doesn’t it Hector?”

Hector had to agree!

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control