We all eat food. Some people make food at home. Some people eat out, order take out, and eat on the go. Some people like to eat at outdoor cookouts or campouts and some people make lunches for their children during the school year. For that reason, food safety is a major public health concern.
CDC estimates that each year roughly:
The Maplewood Health Department inspects and licenses all restaurants and food vendors in the township. Abiding by the New Jersey Department of H
- 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick
- 128,000 are hospitalized, and
- 3,000 die of foodborne diseases
ealth food safety standards and regulations is important to prevent foodborne illnesses and diseases from spreading.
For more information on food licenses and food handler exclusionary guidance for restaurants, caterers and food vendors, go to 'Restaurant Licenses and Food Handler Safety'.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety page has a great campaign for educating people about food safety, including a program, 'Ask Karen' where you can live chat with a specialist to ask them if your food in your
refrigerator is safe to eat.
Foodsafety.gov Food Safety Blog
offers great advice on how to prevent foodborne illnesses when camping, preparing school lunches, oyster safety, food safety in colleges and more. Also check out foodsafety.gov
There are some great infographics and posters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
in English and Spanish that you can use for educating about food safety.
Be Food Safe (befoodsafe.gov
) is also through the U.S. Department of Agriculture but specifically discusses the four simple steps to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. They also have great posters for education
One of the best ways to prevent a foodborne illness is to practice good Handwashing
. Refer to the CDC webpage on when and how to wash your hands