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Food safety is serious business, but that doesn't mean you can't have some fun while making sure food stays safe. Use our food safety cartoons not only to get a good laugh, but also to teach critical food safety principles. Each cartoon touches on a food safety subject that is taught in our food handler, food manager certification, and alcohol server/seller trainings. If you are a manager, supplement quick training meetings with a food safety joke; or if you are a food inspector, correct negative behaviors in a positive, up-beat way.

5 Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Hades bringing three-headed dog into a diner
According to a report by the CDC, 48 million people in the United States get sick from foodborne illness each year. Many of these cases can be prevented if simple food safety practices are used.   Follow these 5 principles to help prevent foodborne illness:   1. Wash Your Hands     One of the […]
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May Cartoon: How to Use a Three-Compartment Sink
Rapunzel drying dishes with her hair instead of air drying.
If you work in food service, you have probably used or have seen a three-compartment sink before. While the steps to properly using three-compartment sinks are fairly simple, small mistakes could cause a food safety violation. Read these five steps as a quick training tip to refresh yourself on how to properly use a three-compartment […]
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Food Packaging Dates and What They Mean
Food safety use-by cavemen cartoon
It can be difficult to decipher what the array of numbers, letters, and symbols mean on food packaging. Use-by dates and best-by dates are on nearly every food item we buy, so it’s important we understand them. Let’s look at what they mean, why they are printed, and how to use them to ensure food […]
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How to Prevent Allergic Reactions
How Can I Prevent Allergic Reactions? When preparing a meal, cutting chicken on the same cutting board that you used to chop up shrimp doesn’t seem like a big deal. But to someone with a shellfish allergy, that act alone could be life threatening. One simple mistake could easily give a customer an allergic reaction. Attention […]
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February Cartoon: Listeria
Listeria food safety cartoon
Storing food in the refrigerator does not completely stop bacteria growth. Listeria can grow on foods even when they are refrigerated. Listeria can cause a life-threatening infection called Listeriosis. Highly susceptible populations, such as pregnant women and their newborns, adults 65 and older, and others with weakened immune systems are the most likely to catch […]
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