July - September 2016
Welcome to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) News for Educators! Check out our latest information and materials for educating your consumer groups; our resources include two exciting new nutrition programs. We also encourage you to share this quarterly update and invite your colleagues to sign up for future issues!
Enjoy Fresh Produce Safely This Summer. During warm weather months, local markets carry a wide variety of nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. But fresh fruits and vegetables can become contaminated via contact with harmful bacteria during growing, storage, or preparation – and eating contaminated produce can lead to foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.” Remind consumers to follow safe handling tips to help protect themselves and their families, and invite them to check out Produce: Selecting and Serving It Safely to see FDA’s guidance for buying, storing, and preparing fresh fruits and vegetables safely. Information includes a special section about sprout safety plus an informative video.
Two New Resources from FDA! The Nutrition Facts label found on packaged foods and beverages is a helpful daily guide for comparing foods and making healthy choices. Now, FDA is making it even easier for you to guide your constituents in interpreting the wealth of information the label contains with two new educational resources.
Get the Scoop on Sunless Tanning. Consumers are likely familiar with “sunless tanners” – cosmetic products that are marketed to achieve a tanned appearance without exposure to the sun or artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation. But it’s important that consumers also know that only those sunless tanners that contain sunscreen ingredients and are labeled with sun protection factor ("SPF") numbers may provide protection from the sun’s rays. Remind people to read the labeling carefully to determine whether or not a specific product provides protection from the sun; also, invite them to check out FDA’s answers to frequently asked questions about sunless tanning products: Sunless Tanners & Bronzers.
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