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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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Recognizing September 2007 as National Food Safety Education Month, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) reminds all residents to take proper precautions to reduce the risk of spreading disease that could be associated with the consumption of foods.
This year’s theme “Viruses – They’re in Your Hands,” focuses on preventing the spread of viruses associated with the consumption of foods such as Hepatitis A virus and noroviruses. Both viruses can remain on hands that are improperly washed.
“It is important the public understands that when someone fails to wash their hands properly, they can contaminate food. And when that contaminated food is eaten, the microorganisms enter the body and may cause foodborne illness,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., “
Commissioner Jacobs recommends the following preventive actions to reduce the risk of contracting food-related disease:
DHSS will reach out to the public and to the retail food industry during National Food Safety Education Month by:
Many local health departments are also planning to participate in National Food Safety Education Month. Some of the planned promotional activities include:
“Americans are aware of food safety now more than ever before and, through National Food Safety Education Month, we have the opportunity to highlight what we are doing in the restaurant and foodservice industry to educate our members on proper food safety procedures.”
To download a poster about handwashing procedures and other food safety information and materials, go to: http://nj.gov/health/eoh/foodweb/. To obtain additional information on how to get involved in National Food Safety Education Month, visit the NRAEF website at www.nraef.org/nfsem.
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P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360