The National Restaurant Association will be bringing attention to food safety by promoting its National Food Safety Month campaign in September.

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National Food Safety Month campaign premieres in September“Be Safe, Don’t Cross-Contaminate” is the theme for this year’s campaign.

The National Restaurant Association has research that shows many consumers see food safety as an important issue at restaurants and in their homes.

According an association survey of 1,015 adults in August, virtually all (96%) said it is important to know that restaurants train employees in food safety.

At the same time, consumers said they have basic knowledge of food safety when cooking at home, with 63% of those surveyed saying they are aware of — and follow — proper food safety practices, according to the release.

“Food safety is a priority year-round for the nation’s nearly one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and we celebrate that commitment with September’s National Food Safety Month,” Paul Hineman, executive vice president of the National Restaurant Association, said in the release. “Our industry serves 130 million guests daily, making food safety training critical for restaurant employees. But, practicing food safety at home is just as important, which is why we’re also providing tips for home cooks through this year’s campaign.”

This year’s National Food Safety Month is sponsored by SCA, a global hygiene company.