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BAC Down! Give bacteria the cold shoulder. Keep your refrigerator at 40° F or below. Use a thermometer to monitor.

The bacterium Listeria monocyotogenes can grow at refrigerator temperatures. Pregnant women, young children and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of Listeriosis. For more information visit these links.

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BAC Down! Stickers
Two sizes are available for you to download and use as stickers or buttons for your staff, colleagues or to provide as giveaways at local consumer events and health fairs.

BAC Down! Graphic
The graphic and supporting themeline for you to incorporate into consumer outreach and education activities.

BAC Down! Best Food Day Ads
Two versions, two sizes. Before consumers can use thermometers, they need to buy them. Help get these important tools into consumers’ homes. You can customize these ads with a store or organization name in the space indicated and print in weekly circulars or other publications.

BAC Down! Brochure
Describes the importance of proper refrigeration temperature and use of a thermometer as well as additional CHILL tips for consumers. This can be customized with a company or organization logo.

BAC Down! Backgrounder
A screen PDF that provides an overview of the campaign, the campaign rationale and a detailed list of those participating to help reach consumers.

BAC Down! Activity Idea Generator
How can you BAC Down? Download the Activity Idea Generator for retailers that provides a variety of different ways you can tailor the BAC Down campaign to meet your unique store needs. From merchandising to consumer publicity, a wealth of ideas are provided.

BAC Down! Flash Animated Graphic, 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