Food Safety for Students
On the front line for food safety
Students need to do your part to stay healthy. You can help yourself and
others stay safe from foodborne illness. The Food-Safe Schools Action Guide
urges students to follow these simple but critical recommendations. Details,
tips, and resources to help implement each recommendation are outlined in the
Action Guide’s in-depth modules.
- Learn the causes and symptoms of foodborne illness. Causes include bacteria such as E. coli, viruses such as
hepatitis A, parasites, and toxins. Symptoms range from
slight discomfort to more serious symptoms such as
diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and
dehydration. Left untreated, some types of foodborne illness
can be fatal. Seek medical attention if you suspect you have
a foodborne illness.
- Wash your hands before and after meals and after
using the restroom. Wash your hands. Scrub them with soap for 20 seconds and
then rinse in warm water. Dry with a paper towel. Wash
before you eat, before you make a meal—even if you’re
just popping mac and cheese in the microwave—and after you
use the restroom. And remind your friends to wash up, too.
- Advocate for Food-Safe School efforts. Have a food safety or foodborne illness expert speak at
school. Use student newsletters, student newspapers, or
the school access channel to highlight food safety
procedures or special food safety events or to seek changes
to handwashing or bathroom facilities. Get trained on food
safety basics to educate peers. Ask the student government
to sponsor a Food-Safe School week. Get the word out
about food safety by creating food safety bulletin boards or
posters to place in classrooms, restrooms, and the school
cafeteria. Brief the school board on the importance of food
safety in schools to get support and resources.
New Team Member Resource Available! Check Out the Team Member In-Depth Modules
Learn more about your role in ensuring a food-safe school and find useful tips and resources to help you implement these recommendations. Check out the
special families and students how
to section (Word document).
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