We think knowledge of food safety is a very important habit for students (of all ages) to learn.
Simple practices such as washing hands and preparation surfaces often, avoiding cross-contamination by separating food, cooking to proper temperatures, and refrigerating food promptly are of critical importance in keeping foodborne illnesses at bay. And these are so easy, students can incorporate them into their daily lives with minimal investment.
In a study conducted at Kansas State University, students were asked to complete a survey regarding their food habits, including the handling of food safely. Surprisingly, many of them outside of the health majors did not know much about food safety.
Contributors: Candess Zona-Mendola from Make Food Safe