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Safe Food Preparation

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Barbara Tharp, MS.

Keeping Food Safe to Eat

Begin the activity by asking, Can food be spoiled by bacteria? Tell students that bacteria that cause food-related illnesses can be spread when hands and food preparation areas are not kept clean, or when food is not kept at the proper temperature.

Next, ask students to suggest precautions that can be taken to avoid contaminating food during preparation. List their ideas on the board. Explain that simple actions, such as washing hands before eating or preparing food, help to reduce the possibility of spreading bacteria or other harmful substances to food. 

Tell students that they will learn about safe food preparation by making one of their favorite foods—ice cream. Review the steps they will follow to make their ice cream, as listed on the “Good and Healthy!” sheet. Have students identify the steps that will require special care to keep their food clean.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932