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Title:Kid Chef and the Clean Kitchen Crew
Alt. Title:Food Safety for Young Children
Pub. date: 2001
Includes: Web site
Audience: Children, Elementary School, Middle School
Language: English
Description:An interactive, multimedia food safety education program that addresses food handling in the home.

Content is divided into 4 chapters including:

  • Chapter One: Introduction to food safety: "What is food safety and why should you learn it?"
  • Chapter Two: Hand washing: "Its importance and getting really clean hands".
  • Chapter Three: Bacteria Meanies "Meet the bad guys that make you sick".
  • Chapter Four: Doing it Right "Guidelines for proper food handling in your own kitchen".

Feedback is provided for all answers.

Funding Source: Kansas State University Family Nutrition Program, USDA and Social Rehabilitation Services
Developer: Kansas State University Cooperative Extension, Toni Bryant and Gerry Snyder
Length: 4 chapters
Pilot Testing: Beta test for content accuracy with food safety, multimedia, education and technology experts. Feedback obtained and changes were made. Beta test with target audience for acceptability.
Use Restrictions: Permission needed to copy.
Reviewers Comments: The program addresses common food safety concerns like "double dippin" and more complex issues such as the importance and process of calibrating a thermometer and defining pathogens. Practical suggestions encourage behavior change. Frequent questions and summaries after each segment reinforce the learning of key concepts.

A discrepancy is found in chapter four, "Serving Food Safely," when the statement is made that the maximum time that food can remain in the temperature danger zone is four hours. This differs from the USDA recommendation which is not to leave food in the "danger zone" more than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F.

Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: TX537 .B79 2001
    Go to Request Library Materials
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Interactive online program:
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Kansas State University Family Nutrition Program
    Contact: Shelly Burklund
    Mail: 205 Justin Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
    Phone: (785) 532-1670
    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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