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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010

CONTACT:

Maria Noriega, bilingual communications specialist
NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division

(919) 733-7366

NCDA&CS launches Spanish version of food safety Web site

RALEIGH — The Food and Drug Protection Division at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently launched a Web site containing food safety information in Spanish.

The site, www.seguridaddealimentos.org, complements an English version the division launched in November, www.ncfoodsafety.com.

“We are committed to food safety, and educating consumers is a big part of our efforts,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The site contains information about food-borne pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli, plus tips on the safe handling and preparation of foods. There also is information about foods that are popular in Hispanic culture, such as soft cheeses, which can be harmful if they aren’t processed properly.”

Educational materials for teachers, kids and the food industry also are included on the site. In addition, visitors can find links to the Spanish-language sites of several federal agencies and other food safety organizations, said Maria Noriega, bilingual communications specialist with the Food and Drug Protection Division.

The Spanish and English food safety Web sites serve as supplements to the department’s other food safety outreach programs, including the annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum and educational seminars for food businesses.

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