Giant Associates Sign Food Safety Pledge
Supermarket Chain Launches Initiative to Support
National Food Safety Education Month(SM)
LANDOVER, Md., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Giant Food has launched an internal program focused on re-emphasizing the importance of food safety by having all of its store associates sign a food safety pledge. The program incorporates the four Fight BAC!(R) messages: clean; separate; cook and chill. These practices protect perishable foods and prevent food borne illness. The pledge emphasizes that it is the responsibility of each Giant associate to use the best food safety practices at all times. In late August all Giant stores received Fight BAC!(R) signage from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), a trade organization that represents the supermarket industry. These informative signs have been placed in strategic locations in food preparation areas to remind Giant associates about specific safe food handling practices. A new hand washing video has also been made available to associates in all Giant stores. "Food safety has always been a part of our commitment at Giant, and with National Food Safety Education Month(SM) in September, we want to re-emphasize how important safe food handling is to all of our associates. The signs are a very effective tool for communicating this message," said Odonna Mathews, Vice President of Consumer Affairs for Giant Food. She added, "Our commitment extends from our stores to our customers as well." Information on safe food handling will be available to consumers in the September issue of Giant's Healthy Ideas Newsletter and the Kids Corner flier. Both are free publications available at all Giant and Super G stores in the Healthy Ideas Kiosk. In addition, Ms. Mathews will be promoting food safety through 60-second radio spots that will air in early September. Consumers can find safe food handling information on all types of products, information for high risk populations and answers to frequently asked questions at Giant's website, http://www.giantfood.com and http://www.supergfood.com . Giant is also providing information to consumers by posting signs in all of its stores through September. The signs will promote the message, "Don't Put It on the Bun Until It's Done." Brochures with the same message are also available advising consumers to use a thermometer or disposable T-stick to assure that hamburgers are cooked to the safe internal temperature of 160 degrees F. USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline and Giant representatives will talk with customers about using thermometers to ensure safe and tasty hamburgers, and other meat and poultry dishes at the following stores: Location Date Times 1454 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA Aug. 31 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 12051 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD Sept. 7 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 1414 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC Sept. 7 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Odonna Mathews added, "Giant believes that safe food handling practices in our stores and our homes are a year 'round effort, but during National Food Safety Education Month(SM) we are happy to partner with the federal government and the rest of the food industry to bring the issues into national focus." For additional information on safe food handling practices, consumers can contact the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555 or 1-800-256-7072. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X32351772
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