|Description:||This historic 1929 diagram, which had been digitally enhanced and colorized, depicted a cut-away view of a “barrel”-type milk and cream cooler. This was one of a series of instructional images used by the Minnesota Board of Health, in order to train the state's public health workers. The purpose of the images and the accompanying training was focused on protecting dairy food supplies from bacterial contamination.|
Many people do not think about food safety until a food-related illness affects them or a family member. While the food supply in the United States in 2005 was acknowledged as being one of the safest in the world, CDC estimates that 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans die each year from food-borne illness. Preventing food-borne illness and death remains a major public health challenge.