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Script: Food Safe Families

 

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Script: Food Safe Families
Intro:
Welcome to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service "Food Safety At Home" podcast series, featuring topics for the safe handling, preparation and storage of meat, poultry and processed egg products. So, sit back, turn up the volume and listen in.

Host 1:
Hi I’m Donna Karlsons with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. With me is Eileen Dykes.

Did you know it’s been one year since the USDA, FDA and CDC partnered with the Ad Council to launch the first-ever national food safety campaign? It’s called Food Safe Families. Have you seen the ads yet?

Host 2:
No, but I’ve heard them on the radio! They’re edgy and really make you think about the four important food safety steps that we ALL should follow at home to keep our families safe from food poisoning. I learned to check my steps at FoodSafety.gov.

Host 1:
That’s right – Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill are the four steps. There are public service announcements or PSAs for TV, radio, and print that help make you aware of the importance of these 4 food safety steps. You may have even seen the ads in a magazine or newspaper! Each step reminds you how to help prevent food poisoning.

Host 2:
The Food Safe Families Clean message uses a drop of water as an icon to remind you to always wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling raw food. Kitchens could be infected with harmful bacteria that can make you sick! Thoroughly wash utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with soap and hot water. You can sanitize them by adding a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water and air dry. Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water just before eating, cutting or cooking.

Host 1:
I really like the Separate TV ad, which shows a woman trying to keep raw carrots for salad away from a live chicken. The message reminds you to prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, eggs and seafood and their juices away from ready-to-eat food. Always use a separate cutting board for raw meat, poultry, and seafood and NEVER place cooked food back on the same plate that previously held raw food unless the plate has first been washed in hot, soapy water.

Host 2:
Cook to the right temperature! That’s the Food Safe Families cook message and a food thermometer is the icon for this message. You can’t tell a food is safe to eat by its appearance. The only way to make sure the food is cooked to a safe temperature is to use a food thermometer. I always use one when cooking my hamburgers and chicken. Do you?

Host 1:
The fourth message, Chill, reminds you to refrigerate food promptly to prevent leftovers from growing bacteria that can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and severe cramps. Raw or cooked foods should never be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours or 1 hour in the summer when the temperature is really hot, over 90 ˚F.

Host 2:
The campaign also has a great online resource for more information on how you can join our efforts. There is a toolkit available with downloadable materials for educators and templates for media outreach. The toolkit makes it easy to conduct a local outreach event with the Food Safe Families materials. In fact, some of the materials include a space to insert the name of your organization, program or logo.

Host 1:
There’s also a downloadable bookmark, a magnet template, a food safety quiz, even an activity book for kids! Teachers and parents can download the entire workbook or just a few pages.

Host 2:
You can even see the PSAs on the toolkit. Everything you need for food safety is right at your finger tips!
Check out the toolkit on foodsafety.gov. You can learn more about the Food Safe Families campaign and check your steps at foodsafety.gov. Or visit us online for assistance from our virtual representative “Ask Karen” at askkaren.gov.

Host 1:
Consumers may also call our toll-free USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline. That’s 1-888-674-6854.

Outro:

Thanks for listening to this Food Safety At Home podcast. Let us know what you think of this podcast by sending your comments to podcast@fsis.usda.gov.Thanks for tuning in.
Last Modified Nov 08, 2013