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Food Safety: Protect Vulnerable Populations from Foodborne Illness

" August 31, 2021 - Populations served by summer meal sites are at an increased risk for foodborne illness.
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Populations served by summer meal sites are at an increased risk for foodborne illness.

Young children’s immune systems are still developing, which makes it harder to fight harmful pathogens. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, children are 4.5 times more susceptible to bacterial infections from food compared to adults aged 20-49 years.

ICN has training materials for site managers to train the staff of a Summer Food Service Program site on food safety best practices. Click here to go to the ICN’s food safety page. Then click on “Summer Food Service Programs” to access food safety resources for summer sites.

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