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NSF Scrub Club
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2008

CONTACTS:
Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: (734) 913-5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org

NSF Announces New Handwashing Public Service Announcements
Scrubclub.org - The flu's worst nightmare


Ann Arbor, MI - To help in the fight against germs, NSF International today announced that new handwashing public service announcements (PSAs) are now available on the Scrub Club website (www.scrubclub.org).

According to William Fisher, NSF Vice President, "With the cold and flu season here, one of the easiest ways to keep children healthy is handwashing. And with the Scrub Club, children can learn the proper way to wash their hands in fun, new ways."

Scrub Club PSAEach of the Scrub Club kids represents one of the six steps in the handwashing process - "Hot Shot" and "Chill" combine to make the warm water essential for proper handwashing; "Squeaks" turns into various forms of soap; "Taki" becomes a clock that counts down the required 20 seconds for proper handwashing; "Scruff" reminds kids to clean around their nails; "Tank" turns into a sink to rinse away the germs and "P.T." transforms into paper towels.

Through animated "Webisodes" children can team up with Scrub Club's seven "soaper-heroes" to learn the six steps of handwashing and battle the evil germs. In addition to the Webisodes, there are interactive games, educational materials and activities to download, Spanish and French handwashing materials, a curriculum guide for teachers and even a catchy handwashing tune.

The audio PSA as well as the new print ads and banners can be downloaded from the Scrub Club website. To obtain print-ready versions of the print ads, media assets for the banner ads, or for more information about the Scrub Club contact Greta Houlahan at houlahan@nsf.org or 734.913.5723.

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.


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"BAC" character copyright 2006 The Partnership for Food Safety Education.

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provided that credit is given to NSF International.