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    Dear Parents,

    Together we have a responsibility to prevent foodborneillness. The USDA Food Safety Mobile is doing its part bytraveling coast to coast, visiting townsbig and small,reaching and teaching consumers about the importance of

    keeping food safe. Its fun and larger-than-life design showsBAC!foodborne bacteriabeing chasedby food safety messengers: Clean,

    Separate, Cook, and Chill.

    The Mobile food safety staff teams with localeducators to promote the four Fight BAC! messages:

    1. Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often.2. Separate: Dont cross-contaminate.3. Cook: Cook to proper temperatures.

    4. Chill: Refrigerate promptly.

    USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service launched theThermy campaign to encourage consumers to use foodthermometers when they cook meat, poultry, or eggproducts. Thermys message is: Its Safe To Bite When theTemperature Is Right! Using a food thermometer is the only way to tell ifyour food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy harmful bacteria.

    Infants and young children, pregnant women, and older adults are at greatestrisk for foodborne illness, as are all people with weakened immune systemscaused by cancer treatment, AIDS, diabetes, kidney disease, and organ transplants.

    This booklet of coloring pages gets children familiar with the four simplesteps to food safety. For more information, check these Web sites with

    your children:

    www.fsis.usda.gov

    www.fsis.usda.gov/thermy

    www.fightbac.org

    For questions on food safety, contactthe USDA Meat and Poultry Hotlineat 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854),TTY: 1-800-256-7072, or email:[email protected]

    Note: These coloring pages may beduplicated for educational purposes.

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    ThermyTMThermyTM

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    Heres BAC!

    He is on the attack.BAC! is quick.He can really

    make you SICK!

    Did you know: You cant see,smell, or taste bacteria.

    But YOU havethe power to

    Fight BAC!and keep your

    food safe!

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    before you eat,after you play with pets,

    after you use the bathroom,and

    after you sneeze, cough, orblow your nose.

    Wash your hands for 20 seconds(sing Happy Birthday 2 times)

    Wash with soap and warm water:

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    Be smart.Keep foods apart.

    Bacteria can spread fromone food to another.

    Remind grown-ups to always keepraw meat, poultry, and seafood

    apart from other foods.Dont let raw juices drip

    on other foods. Yuck!

    Dont put cookedfoods on a plate

    that held rawmeat, poultry,

    or seafood.(Bacteria could

    be hiding!)

    Always use aclean plate.

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    ThermyTM

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    Keep Cold Food Cold!

    In the refrigerator, 40 F or below.

    Use an insulated lunch boxor bag to keep food coldat school. Add a frozengel pack or frozen juicebox to keep food cold.

    Keep your lunchin a cool place,

    not in the hot sun.

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    When in Doubt,Throw it Out!

    Remember:YOU have the power to

    Fight BAC!and keep your food safe!

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all itsprograms and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,

    religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital orfamily status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons withdisabilities who require alternative means for communication of programinformation (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDAsTARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of CivilRights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW,Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is anequal opportunity provider and employer.

    February, 2007

    www.fsis.usda.gov

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