September 17, 2001
FDA AND NSTA TO RELEASE NEW PROGRAM THAT USES SCIENCE TO EDUCATE STUDENTS
ABOUT FOOD SAFETY
According to the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year 76 million people
fall sick from foodborne illness: 325,000 of them are hospitalized, and
5,000 die. In response to this public health concern, the U.S Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
have teamed up to create a first-of-its-kind program that uses science to
teach students about food safety. Science and Our Food Supply is the largest
public education program that informs middle level and high school students
about all aspects of food safety, from farm to table.
At a press conference slated for September 13, representatives from the FDA
and NSTA will brief reporters about the program and answer questions.
Teachers and students will also demonstrate hands-on activities from the
program, showcasing how pasteurization and refrigeration can make foods safe
to eat and how easily bacteria can spread.
WHAT: Press conference to release Science and Our Food Supply
WHEN: September 13, 2001 @ 2 p.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC Holeman
Bernard Schwetz, D.V.M., Acting Principal Deputy Commissioner, FDA Joe
Levitt, Director, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, FDA Carolyn
Randolph, President-Elect, NSTA Wendell Mohling, Associate Executive
Director, NSTAElla Jay Parfitt, science teacher, Baltimore City Schools,
Baltimore, MD Bradley Staats, science teacher, New London High School, New
London, WI Middle level and high school students.
Source: Food and Drug Administration.
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