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Type of Resource: Science Object
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Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School


Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between FDA and NSTA, is the last of four Science Objects inthe Science of Food Safety SciPack. It explores the scientist involved with the development of germ theory and pasteurization, which brought about great changes in the safe handling of food and water, and improved sanitation measures that represent some of the greatest public health contributions to date. More recently, humans have instituted laws requiring the monitoring of air, soil, and water for microorganisms that pose a threat to human health. Such agricultural and food safety regulations represent social trade-offs that ensure the population's general welfare at the price of increased cost or lowered efficiency. In addition to these large-scale societal precautions, humans rely heavily on personal measures to limit the transmission of invasive organisms into their bodies. These measures include keeping hands and skin clean, avoiding contaminated foods and liquids, cleaning and separating food items properly during preparation, cooking food at high enough temperatures for proper lengths of time, and keeping the temperature of food sufficiently low at all times when it is not being prepared or consumed.

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Posted in General Science and Teaching by Carolyn Mohr on Wed May 07, 2014 6:11 PM

Hi Jill, I was hoping someone from CA would have responded to you. I live in Illinois, so do not know what might be mo...
I found resources on food safety
Posted in Life Science by Lorrie Armfield on Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:10 PM

Here are some additional resources on science and food safety. They are designed for middle school scholars, but certain...

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Personal hygiene
Science and technological challenges in society
Health technology
Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Inquiry learning, Teacher content knowledge


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User Reviews

Healthy Food
  Maxine Dibert (Fairbanks, AK) on January 24, 2016
  I am passionate about how farms treat their soils and plants before shipping out to the people. I want to teach my students that starting a community garden is easy and healthier for you.

I Love Science Objects!
  Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA) on September 3, 2014
  I really enjoy Science Objects. In 1-3 hours, the Science of Food Safety: Food Safety and You Science Object will help me re-learn, refresh, or learn for the first time some critical science concepts I will have to know to obtain my Science Educator credentials. I appreciate that I can complete them at my own pace, and that, if used as park of a SciPack, I have access to a content expert to go to for help. The NSTA Learning Center Science Objects are very beneficial! Not only will they enrich my teaching, the knowledge will enrich my life.

Great resource
  Teresa Welch (Langley, WA) on January 22, 2012
  I learned a great deal about microbes and their role in food safety. This unit has great graphics and interactive objects that help learning. I just wish I could download a power point of some of the material and pictures for my students to see.

Learned alot!
  Katherine Jezidija-Kendall on January 16, 2012
  Really great for "real-world" experiences.

Good Incorporation of Biology and Policy
  David on November 27, 2010
  This science object primarily combines some basic bacteria/cellular information with ways to prevent food borne illness, both personally and on a public policy level. This object has interesting information, but less science review than other objects I’ve done. The biological science is presented through the lens of discussions on prevention of food borne illness, such as the reasons for various food safety techniques like canning or pickling or why one should follow the four C’s of food safety (clean, chill, cook, don’t cross-contaminate). The basic history of advances in understanding food borne illness and food safety is also presented. In terms of classroom use, there is a really good CDC “determine the cause of an illness outbreak” investigative interactive at the end of the object.