In our advocacy role, NEAFCS is sometimes asked to weigh in on certain initiatives, ongoing research or emerging trends. This position paper was developed in response to a request regarding NEAFCS’s position on the teaching of best management food safety practices as they relate to the health and well-being of all individuals, but especially young children.

To:               The Center for Foodborne Illness Prevention & Research (CFI)
                     P.O. Box 206
                     Grove City, PA  16127

Attention:      Patricia Buck

November 11, 2014

Data from FoodNet indicate that children younger than 5 years old have higher incidence rates of Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli O157 and non–O157, Salmonella, Shigella, and Yersinia infection than any other age group.  Young children, along with older adults, are also more likely to have severe complications or die from these illnesses.  With increasing emphasis on school gardens and handling of food by children in pre-school and elementary school environments, the importance of food safety education becomes even more critical.  The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences endorses the teaching of food safety concepts and safe food handling practices to children of all ages in our nation’s schools.


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