National Food Safety Month

National Food Safety Month

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National Food Safety Month
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National Food Safety Month

September is National Food Safety Month. And this year’s theme is “Notorious Virus”.

Experts will share information and online tools on how to protect from some of the leading causes of foodborne illness – Norovirus and Hepatitis A. Food safety, by definition, is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards.

Anyone visiting National Food Safety can download weekly activities, posters and info-graphics.

National Food Safety Month was created in 19-94 to heighten the awareness of food safety education. Each year, it’s a new theme and free training is available for the restaurant and foodservice industry to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

Video from: The National Restaurant Association

Uncover the truth about Norovirus! Join us as we take a closer look into the symptoms of Norovirus and ways to prevent the spread of this “Notorious Virus”.

From: National Food Safety

National Food Safety Month Spotlights Foodborne Illness Detection and Protection

In its ongoing commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association announced this year’s National Food Safety Month (NFSM) theme: “Notorious Virus”- how to protect against the leading causes of foodborne illness.

“Food safety and security is the top priority for America’s one million restaurants,” said Sherman Brown, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe food safety and handling program. “With over 130 million meals served daily, learning how to detect and protect against foodborne illness is top of mind in the restaurant and foodservice industry. This September, we’ll provide the tools foodservice professionals need to protect themselves and their guests against foodborne illness.”

This year’s NFSM campaign will focus on protecting against some of the leading causes of foodborne illness – Norovirus and Hepatitis A. The Association will highlight the sources of these viruses and provide tips and tools on how to detect and prevent the spread of foodborne illness through proper hand washing and cleaning procedures. New training tools and resources will be made available each week including activities, posters, infographics, and videos. The themes for each week include:

  • Week 1: Viruses – Know The Basics
  • Week 2: Norovirus
  • Week 3: Hepatitis A
  • Week 4: Stop The Spread
  • Week 5: Keep Your Guests Safe

For the sixth consecutive year, NFSM is sponsored by SCA, maker of the Tork® brand of Away-from-Home professional hygiene products in North America. SCA’s Tork® brand is committed to food safety education and hygiene product solutions. “We work diligently to promote best practices in restaurants and foodservice venues, helping our customers to understand the essential role that hygiene plays in food safety and healthy environments for our industry’s employees and patrons.” said Suzanne Cohen, Marketing Director Foodservice SCA Americas.

NFSM, held annually in September, was created in 1994 by the Association to heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education. As part of its campaign, the Association offers free resources for foodservice industry professionals.

To join the conversation, follow @ServSafe on Twitter and use the hashtag #NFSM.

For more information and resources on NFSM, visit:

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 20-23, 2017, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids Live Well program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurantsFacebook and YouTube.

About Tork®

The Tork brand offers professional hygiene products and services to customers ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries. Products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, and industrial and kitchen wipers. Through expertise in hygiene, functional design and sustainability, Tork has become a market leader. Tork is a global brand of SCA, and a committed partner to customers in over 80 countries. To keep up with the latest Tork news and innovations, please visit: or

About SCA

In North America, SCA produces the Tork® line of dispensers, towels, tissue, soap, napkins and wipers used in commercial settings such as office buildings, restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities and the TENA® line of incontinence care products used by consumers at home and in healthcare facilities. TENA and Tork are the global leading brands in their categories. For more information visit