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
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