The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has announced that its annual Food Safety Month has begun. Started in 1994, it is meant to heighten the awareness of food safety education.

The theme for 2016 is “Notorious Virus”. The NRA wants to place special emphasis this year on educating the public on the dangers of foodborne illnesses, especially their causes.

Each week has a theme, with the first week being all about the basics of viruses. The second week will feature information on the highly contagious Norovirus, one of the leading causes of foodborne illness. Week three will focus on Hepatitis A, a viral liver disease transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and water. Week four will cover proper hand washing techniques to prevent contamination, and week five will wrap everything up with the very important topic of keeping your food service establishment’s guests safe.

You can read more about all of these topics at National Food Safety Month’s website, which features activities, video tutorials, and visual tools to help with food safety education.