The Partnership for Food Safety, of which AMI was a founding member, along with the American Medical Association, CDC, FDA and FSIS, today announced a primer titled "Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses: A Primer for Physicians."
organizations collaborated on the primer as
part of the 1997 President’s National Food
The kit was created for
primary care physicians and other health care
providers who are most likely to see the first
cases of potential food-related disease
outbreak. It contains charts outlining
different illnesses, the symptoms, treatment
and foods with which it is associated. The
primer also contains a FIGHT BAC! Brochure for
patients that explains who is at risk, the most
common types of foodborne illness and simple
steps for food safety.
At a press conference
today at the National Press Club, Dr. J. Edward
Hill, a family physician from Tupelo, MS, said
the kit will be used as a teaching as a
teaching tool for the medical community. In
fact, Hill said he already is using the primer
with his own residents at North Mississippi
Medical Center. There are 15,000 copies
published and ready for distribution. The
primer also will be available on the AMA web
site at http://www.ama-assn.org/foodborne,
Physicians play a key role in the
prevention as well as the early diagnosis of
foodborne illness since they are most often in
contact with the at-risk populations the
illnesses can effect, Hill noted.
considered at-risk for certain of foodborne
illnesses are the very young, the elderly, the
immunocompromised and pregnant women.
Partnership for Food Safety Education is a
public-private partnership created to reduce
the incidence of foodborne illness by educating
Americans about safe food handling practices.
AMI is a founding member of the Partnership for
Food Safety Education. AMI's members believe
food safety is a shared responsibility among
industry, government and consumers.
Fight BAC! brochure “should be in every
kitchen in America,” Hill said.
AMA Launches New Foodborne Illness Program for MDs and PatientsWednesday, January 24, 2001