STORRS , Conn. – The University of Connecticut’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will host the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Mobile’s only stop in the state at the New London Sailfest on July 8-10.
The U.S.D.A. Food Safety Mobile travels across the country to teach consumers proper food handling and preparation techniques and to spread the message that food-borne illness is preventable.
Manned by experts from UConn’s extension system, the state Department of Public Health and the U.S.D.A., the mobile will be at the New London Sailfest from noon until 6 p.m. on July 8, and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on July 9-10. The Sailfest is held at the State Pier in New London.
The mobile’s three-day stop will include demonstrations, games and experts on-site to answer food safety questions.
Each year, about 76 million people in the United States get sick from food that has not been handled properly, and about 5,000 die from food-borne illness. The government and food industry have responsibility for the safety of food before it reaches consumers, but how food is handled from the store to the plate is equally important, experts advise.
For more information about the USDA Food Safety Mobile, go to their website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Food_Safety_Education/Food_Safety_Mobile/index.asp. Additional information about food safety is available from the UConn Home & Garden Education Center at www.canr.uconn.edu/ces/foodsafety/.