The FDA Safe Food Handling Poster is an informational poster which addresses food safety and the prevention of foodborne illness. With easy-to-understand charts and lists, it is an ideal training and reinforcement tool for employees who handle, cook, or serve food.
The Federal government estimates that there are roughly 48 million cases of foodborne illness per year. While most healthy people will recover quickly from a foodborne illness, the symptoms are unpleasant. Foodborne illness can also be dangerous to vulnerable populations such as young people, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune symptoms.
The FDA Safe Food Handling Poster describes the risks and symptoms of food poisoning, and provides the four simple steps to avoid food poisoning:
- Clean – Wash hands and surfaces often
- Separate – Separate raw meats from other foods
- Cook – Cook to the right temperature
- Chill – Refrigerate foods promptly
The poster also provides a chart of safe minimum internal temperatures for common foods and contact information for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Instances of suspected foodborne illness should be reported to a doctor and the FDA.
The FDA Safe Food Handling Poster is recommended for restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, institutional kitchens, and other locations where food is handled or served. It is not a required posting.