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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released three video testimonials to drive home the importance of retail food safety. Each video is less than 10 minutes long and provides education for retail and foodservice employees on the potentially dire consequences of poor preparation practices, along with tips to prevent foodborne illnesses.
Two of the videos feature testimonials from family members who lost relatives as a result of them eating Salmonella-contaminated food at a restaurant, while the third video features the story of a pregnant woman who contracted listeriosis and nearly lost her newborn daughter as a result. All three videos are viewable by clicking here.
The videos are part of the FDA's Retail Food Safety Initiative, which aims to strengthen the retail and foodservice industry's active managerial control of foodborne illness risk factors. They were produced as part of the FDA’s Oral Culture Learner Project, which is designed to help food employees understand their important role in protecting public health as part of enhanced food safety training efforts. This project has also produced multiple food safety posters and storyboards in nine different languages, according to the FDA’s announcement.
Industry operators are encouraged to take advantage of the project materials, which are available online free of charge.