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September is National Food Safety Education Month

Release Date: 2019-09-11

Did you know an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food? Anyone can get sick from a foodborne illness (also called food poisoning).

National Food Safety Month (NFSM), held annually in September, was created in 1994 by the National Restaurant Association to heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education.  The NFSM campaign is dedicated to providing food safety education across the nation to keep food safe and help prevent foodborne illness. The National Restaurant Association announced this year’s theme “Controlling Risk: The Elements of a Food Safety Management System.”

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Health Bureau joins in the celebration by providing education and outreach to the residents and businesses here in Long Beach.  This provides us the opportunity to raise awareness about steps our food facilities can take to prevent food poisoning.