The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is recognizing National Food Safety Awareness Month.
This week representatives will be stationed at area grocery stores to educate the public about foodborne illness. Public Health Sanitarian Jason Tilton said they will be passing out brochures, thermometers and t-shirts to shoppers.
"Food safety is obviously important because if people contract foodborne illness, it can lead to an outbreak," said Tilton. "You're not feeling well and it has a significant financial impact on our community."
Tilton said foodborne illness usually arises from improper handling, preparation or food storage. Good hygiene practices before, during, and after food preparation can reduce the chances of contracting an illness.
"We did this a couple of years ago and I was surprised by how many people came out," said Tilton. "They want to take the information with them."
The presentations will take place on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Riesbeck's Pick'n Save in South Zanesville and from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Walmart on Maple Avenue in Zanesville.