Celebrate Memorial Day and log on to www.homefoodsafety.org to enter the summer food safety contest for a chance to win great prizes and learn how to help prevent foodborne illness.

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the ConAgra Foundation encourage consumers to follow proper food safety practices this summer. According to experts, foodborne illness peaks during the summer months because harmful bacteria quickly multiply in hot, humid weather.

The ADA/ConAgra summer contest will launch May 26 and run through July 4. To enter, contestants must answer a 10-question food safety quiz. Those who answer all 10 questions correctly will qualify to be entered in the drawing for the grand prize. Participants who answer at least eight out of 10 questions correctly will qualify to be entered in the drawings for second place, third place and runner-up prizes. Prizes include:

— Grand Prize – Weber® Summit(TM) 450 Series Natural Gas Barbecue Grill – Approximate Retail Value: $2,000

— Second Place – Williams-Sonoma® Portable Suitcase Grill – Approximate Retail Value: $350

— Third Place – The Graham Kerr Stainless Steel Barbecue Tool Set, along with an autographed cookbook, “The Gathering Place” – Approximate Retail Value: $27.95 (Cookbook) and $19.99 (Kit)

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— 10 Runners-up – ConAgra® cooler – Approximate Value: $25/cooler

Approximate retail values do not include tax

In addition, the first 2,000 eligible people to complete the quiz and submit their score will receive a free home food safety cutting board or bookmark. Throughout the contest, small Butterball® beanbag-style stuffed toy turkeys and coupons for free Healthy Choice® Premium Low Fat Ice Cream (any size) also will be distributed randomly.

Consumers also may enter the contest by mailing a postcard with their name, address and phone number to: ADA/ConAgra Summer Contest, c/o PIMS, 645 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 630, Chicago, IL, 60611. Eligible mail-in entries will be submitted in the random drawing to win the prizes. Visit the ADA/ConAgra Web site for more details and official contest rules (contest rules/details will be posted on the Web site May 26, 2000). Mail-in entries can receive a copy of the official rules by calling the American Dietetic Association Consumer Hotline at 1-800-366-1655 or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Home Food Safety… It’s in Your Hands(TM) Official Rules, American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60606.

The ADA/ConAgra national public awareness initiative, Home Food Safety… It’s in Your Hands(TM), empowers consumers to take control of home food safety by following four simple tips to reduce the risk of foodborne illness: 1) Wash hands often; 2) Keep raw meats and ready-to-eat foods separate; 3) Cook to proper temperatures; 4) Refrigerate promptly below 40 degrees F.

Visit www.homefoodsafety.org for more details on the summer food safety quiz and for official contest rules (contest rules to be posted on the Web site May 26). For more information on home food safety, call ADA’s Consumer Nutrition Hot Line at 800-366-1655 where recorded messages (both in English and Spanish) are available 24 hours a day.

The American Dietetic Association is the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the world. With headquarters in Chicago, ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well being. The American Dietetic Association Foundation was established in 1966 as a Section 501©(3) corporation, which operates solely for charitable, educational and scientific purposes.

ConAgra, Inc., one of the largest food companies in the world, operates in 34 countries. This program is funded by the ConAgra Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ConAgra, which works to improve the quality of life in communities across the U.S.