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WASHINGTON - A new electronic magazine recently launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) -- FoodSafe: The FSIS Magazine -- is now available for download at the FSIS Web site, (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/be_FoodSafe_Magazine_Fall2006.pdf).
The first issue of FoodSafe showcases the work of FSIS and introduces the agency to those who may not be familiar with its mission and objectives to protect public health through food safety. Subsequent issues will have a broader focus and strive to appeal to the larger food safety universe - health professionals, consumers, scientists, researchers, food industry workers as well as FSIS personnel.
Articles will cover education programs for food workers, consumers and caregivers, food safety behavior trends, and emerging science and research. There will also be a focus on food inspection issues both domestic and international as well as profiles of FSIS professionals.
In other news, FSIS said it is providing consumers with key recommendations they can use to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness during the Thanksgiving holiday.
USDA's new nationwide food safety public education campaign, Be Food Safe, encourages people to put four easy to remember tips -- Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill -- into practice in order to be food safe during the holiday.