Every year, one in six Americans gets sick from dangerous foodborne bacteria. The estimated 128,000 who suffer serious illness requiring hospitalization each year are those most vulnerable to infections -- young children, the elderly, and other people with compromised immune systems. The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s mission is to end illness and death from foodborne infection in the United States.
The Partnership is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit that supports health educators and influncers by making their work more visible, collaborative, and effective. The Partnership works with an active network of 10,000 field educators, providing them with tools they can use to educate people about protecting their health through safe food handling and hygiene. Sign up here to join this network of BAC Fighters!
The Partnership connects the local work of food safety and health educators to a Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 outcome-driven framework; connects educators to one another for professional development, information exchange, and collaboration; and elevates the importance of consumer education in the chain of prevention in food safety.
The organization was formed in 1997 in response to an independent panel report, "Putting the Food Handling Issue on the Table: The Pressing Need for Food Safety Education," which called for a national public-private partnership to educate the public about safe food handling and preparation.
The Partnership’s Fight BAC!® campaign reaches millions of consumers with the four simple practices they can use to fight foodborne bacteria and reduce their risk of becoming sick – Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.
Sponsoring and Public Partners are the associations and companies that make the work of the Partnership possible. These organizations represent the country's leading consumer groups, food industry associations, and professional associations in food and nutrition. The Partnership is also funded by contributions and through grants and in-kind support provided by government agencies and non-profit organizations. Make a philanthropic investment that demonstrates your organization’s commitment to a safe food supply and the health of consumers.