The "Check Your Steps" guide is a four-step reminder advising consumers to clean, separate, cook and chill foods properly (clean, cook, separate and chill foods properly).
The first step is to clean kitchen surfaces, utensils and hands with soap and water while preparing food. Different cutting boards should be used for handling raw meat and other foods. Experts also advise investing in a food thermometer as the most reliable way to determine if the item is safe to eat. And the final step is to chill raw and prepared foods promptly.
The public service campaign was created in joint partnership between several different departments (US Department of Agriculture's Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ad Council).
In the US, one in six people - or 48 million - fall ill due to food poisoning annually. It also kills 3,000 Americans every year.
This month, 47 people in Germany died from E. coli poisoning. The same strain sickened eight people in France and both incidents have been traced back to contaminated sprouts. On June 28, a batch of alfalfa and spicy sprouts in the US were linked to cases of Salmonella poisoning.
The Food Safe Families campaign is also available in Spanish.
Aporte: Paula Ponzano Quintanar