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Peeps on Potty: Food Safety Tips

To celebrate spring, the Peeps at Public Health/Seattle & King County created a series of marshmallow dioramas that graphically illustrate common public health issues.

PeepsonpottyPeeps-on-Potty art and photo courtesy of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section at Public Health - Seattle & King County

In the BEFORE scene depicted above, Blue Bunny eats from a platter of contaminated food. Note the red juices of meat not cooked to safe temperature!

The AFTER sequence shows our poor friend upchucking in the potty, one of 48 million victims of foodborne illness in the U.S. each year. (The others are human.)

As grilling and potato-salad season approaches, our friends at Public Health - Seattle & King County offer several food safety tips for the home kitchen:

#1 - Wash hands often! (Link above details the most important times to wash your hands during food preparation.)

#2 - Try to prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meats, poultry, & fish separate from other foods that will not be cooked before serving.

#3 - Keep foods at safe temperatures, either below 41F or above 140F. This handy page also describes safe cook temperatures for different types of meats/poultry/seafood.

Not sure if your hand hygiene technique meets World Health Organization standards? Visit Wellbody Academy's Surewash training station to learn proper technique using fun video-gaming technology!

And for peeps itching to get their sticky paws on more information about foodborne illness, here's the health department's surveillance page about foodborne illness, a fun page about myths and misunderstandings related to food safety and a page where you can check out the food-safety track record of your favorite restaurant.

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