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Edited by: Mary Schroeder, M.S., R.D. & Pat Kendall, Ph.D., R.D., Colorado State - Summer 2005
Produce Safety Training Video
As part of its Food Safety Begins on the Farm initiative, the National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) Program at Cornell University has developed an excellent training video (English and Spanish) entitled "Fruits, Vegetables, and Food Safety: Health and Hygiene on the Farm." Approximately 30 minutes in length and available in VHS or DVD, the program teaches field workers and those involved in post-harvest processing of fresh fruits and vegetables the importance of good personal hygiene to ensure the safety of fresh produce from field to table. If you are interested in borrowing this training resource, please contact Linda Quaratino at (970) 491-7334 or send an email to Linda.Quaratino@colostate.edu.
Food Dectectives Fight BAC
Who says learning about food safety can't be fun? Food Detectives Fight BAC! is an interactive CD-ROM program developed in 2004 by New Mexico State University Extension in collaboration with The Partnership for Food Safety Education's Fight BAC®. The program is available on CD-ROM or can be accessed in both English and Spanish at www.fooddetectives.org. By listening to music and "solving cases," kids learn some key messages about killing germs through handwashing, heating food to proper temperatures, slowing bacteria growth by chilling foods and refrigerating leftovers within 2 hours. Kids can design and print stickers with food safety messages as well as an official food detective certificate. While designed for use with 8-10 year olds, this entertaining interactive video program also can be used with younger audiences. The resource section includes a list of food safety-related books for both kids and grown ups. If you are interested in borrowing a copy of the CD-ROM program, please contact Linda Quaratino at (970) 491-7334, or send an email to Linda.Quaratino@colostate.edu.
Food Safety Issues After a Fire
As the hot, dry weather and lightning activity continue to generate fire activity in Colorado, you are likely to get questions regarding the safety of food that's been affected by fire damage, downed power lines or water damage. The Summer 2002 issue of SafeFood News included guidance on food safety issues after a fire. This can be found at: http://www.colostate.edu/Orgs/safefood/NEWSLTR/v6n4s01.html. Additional food safety resources for emergency preparedness, including water storage and 3-day food storage, can be found at: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/emergency/emermenu.html.
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