NCDA&CS Food and Drug Division launches ‘Got to be NC Food Safety’ site
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Food and Drug Pro-tection Division has created three new ways for N.C. consumers to find answers to their food safety questions.
The “Got to be NC Food Safety” Web site, www.ncfoodsafety.com, provides food safety information, laws and news for consumers, retailers, producers and educators. The site also features “Food for Thought” statistics and trivia for children and families.
In addition, a new toll-free number and e-mail address will provide North Carolina residents with more in-depth responses to their food safety questions. Consumers can call (877) FOOD-644 (877-366-3644) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This new site is an additional resource for North Carolinians to learn about ways to prevent food-related illnesses,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Foodborne illnesses cost the nation $6.9 billion annually, so we also have a strong financial interest in ensuring the safety of our food supply. Each person from the farm to fork has a role to play in food safety.”
These tools serve as supple-ments to NCDA&CS’ other food safety outreach programs, including the annual Food Safety Forum and educational seminars.
The NCDA&CS also partners with federal, state and local agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, N.C. State University and North Carolina’s 86 local health departments.