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11/12/03

Food Safety Mobile Pulls Into Gulfport School

One by one, youngsters took turns spinning a wheel, and answering some tough questions -- questions like "Never eat raw eggs, is that true"? and "Should you keep ground beef in the refrigerator or freezer"?

The Gulfport youngsters learned how to fight "BAC" -- "BAC" as in Bacteria. The USDA Food Safety Mobile parked at West Elementary on Wednesday to teach children how to stay healthy.

"Children are more at risk for certain types of food borne illness such as Salmonella and E-Coli. So we want to make sure that we reach the young children and their parents so they can practice safe food handling practices at home," Laura Reisen with the USDA said.

Seven year old Kimberly Grubbs said, "You need to clean, separate, cook and chill".

After playing the games, and touring the vehicle, it seemed the students are getting the message on how to avoid germs. Six year old Corey Penelton said, "You try to make them stop and get in your food because if he gets your food, and it's still on the table when you eat it, you'll get sick".

"Anything in your house can grow bacteria, and it's gross," Kimberly said.

Educators hope what the youngsters learn at school will be practiced at home. The Food Safety Mobile expects to stop in all 50 states by next summer. You may even catch of glimpse of it in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on November 27th.

by Trang Pham-Bui

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