This 4th of July, the Ad Council, the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health and Human Services are letting the Founding Fathers do the talking with a unique infographic sharing the four easy steps to food safety.[Download the full info graphic in our media section.]
"George Washington says…CLEAN
John Adams says…SEPARATE
Thomas Jefferson says…COOK
Benjamin Franklin says…CHILL"
As the 4th of July approaches, cases of foodborne illnesses are surging in the summer season. According to the authorities, Americans spend $400 million on beef alone for July 4th barbeques. New FDA research done in collaboration with USDA shows that only 23 percent of Americans who own a food thermometer actually use it when grilling hamburgers.
Some stats on foodborne illness:
- Incidents of food poisoning surge over the summer months because bacteria multiply faster when it’s warm
- USDA research shows that 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it has reached a safe internal temperature!
- 48 million Americans (at least 1 in 6) will get sick from foodborne illness this year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths
Families avoid these serious public health threats during the July 4th holiday and summer months when they are at most risk? Just listen to the Founding Fathers.
For more tips, go to FoodSafety.gov and check out the "Ask Karen" app, available in English (m.AskKaren.gov) and Spanish (m.PregunteleaKaren.gov), to get access to more than 1,300 answers to food safety questions.