The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has launched a series of
video-casts translated into American Sign Language (ASL).
The aim of the FSIS is to inform deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers about
foodborne illness and raise the level of awareness of the dangers associated
with improper handling and undercooking of food.
FSIS is the first Agency within the Department of Agriculture to provide
this type of service to consumers.
video-casts will feature Gallaudet University student
volunteer ASL signers, accompanied by text captions, covering a variety of food
safety topics, ranging from foodborne illness to how to safely handle meat and
poultry products. Both hard-of-hearing and deaf consumers will be given an
option to choose their preference of receiving information either in written
English or ASL.