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The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) is a not-for-profit organization that unites industry associations, professional societies in food science, nutrition and health, consumer groups, and the U.S. government to educate the public about safe food handling.

According to public health and food safety experts, each year tens of millions of illnesses in this country can be traced to foodborne bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that 2 to 3 percent of all foodborne illnesses lead to secondary long-term illnesses. For example, certain strains of E. coli can cause kidney failure in young children and infants; Salmonella can lead to reactive arthritis and serious infections; Listeria can cause meningitis and stillbirths; and Campylobacter may be the most common precipitating factor for Guillain-Barre syndrome.

PFSE is the creator and steward of the Fight BAC! ® campaign, a food safety initiative that educates consumers about the four simple practices -- clean, separate, cook and chill -- that can help reduce their risk of foodborne illness.

BAC!, the campaign's "bacteria mascot," is the invisible enemy who tries his best to spread contamination wherever he goes. The Fight BAC!® campaign came out of extensive consumer research. Giving foodborne bacteria a "personality" makes learning about the subject easier and more memorable for kids and adults alike.  Fight BAC!® materials are all online, where they are accessed and used by consumers, teachers, dieticians, public health officials and extension agents across the United States.

As of early 2006, the Partnership's membership comprises 20 associations and nonprofit organizations. Our members represent the country's leading consumer organizations, food industry associations, commodity groups and professional associations in the food sciences and nutrition.

PFSE is funded by the contributions of industry trade and professional associations, through grants, and through technical assistance and in-kind support provided by government agencies and consumer organizations., the website of the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), is your resource for Fight BAC! food safety and safe food handling campaign information.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education unites representatives from industry associations, professional societies in food science, nutrition and health consumer groups, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration in an important initiative to educate the public about safe food handling practices needed to keep food safe from bacteria and prevent foodborne illness.


Food is safe once it's cooked, no matter how long you leave it out.

 Canned Food Alliance