Sumary of Consumer education must include old school information for future generations:
- PHOENIX — Many people say a huge part of the burden of food safety depends on consumers, but a key takeaway from a session here today was that consumers can’t practice what they haven’t been taught.
- The session “After 2020, Where Do We Go Next in Enhancing Consumer Food Safety Education?
- Roberson and other panelists — Sharmi Das of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Shelley Feist or the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), Arlington, VA — all talked about the educational roles of government, non-profits and industry.
- Feist said it is a vehicle to help educators communicate food safety practices for yet another situation.
- A key practice is hand washing, which is often forgotten by consumers when handling food delivered to their homes.
- Other basic food safety messages must be told and retold as the consuming public grows and changes.
- Just because this generation learned about food safety there is no excuse to not educate the next generation, even though they may have smarter kitchens.