Food Safety

Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage can prevent foodborne illness. There are four basic steps to food safety at home:

  • Clean – always wash your fruits and vegetables, hands, counters, and cooking utensils.
  • Separate – keep raw foods to themselves. Germs can spread from one food to another.
  • Cook – foods need to get hot and stay hot. Heat kills germs.
  • Chill – put fresh food in the refrigerator right away.

In the grocery store, avoid cans that are bulging or jars that have cracks or loose lids. Check packages to be sure food hasn’t reached its expiration date.


Start Here

4 Basic Steps to Food Safety at Home (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 

Are You Storing Food Safely? (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Basics for Handling Food Safely (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service) 

Be Food Safe: Protect Yourself from Food Poisoning (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Prevention

Food Safety for Warmer Weather From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)


Smart Reading

Acrylamide (National Toxicology Program) 

Animal Cloning and Food Safety (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Big Thaw – Safe Defrosting Methods for Consumers (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Chemicals in Meat Cooked at High Temperatures and Cancer Risk (National Cancer Institute)

Dangerous Food Safety Mistakes (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Eating Outdoors, Handling Food Safely (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Fires and Food Safety (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Food Safety Myths Exposed (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Food Tampering: An Extra Ounce of Caution (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Foodborne Illness Peaks In Summer — Why? (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Freezing and Food Safety (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Handling Food Safely on the Road (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

High Altitude Cooking and Food Safety (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

How Safe Are Color Additives? (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Inspection for Food Safety: The Basics (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Irradiation and Food Safety (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Keeping Food Safe during an Emergency (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Kitchen Thermometers (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)\

Mail Order Food Safety (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Recognizing Recalled Foods (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Refrigeration and Food Safety (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Refrigerator Thermometers: Cold Facts about Food Safety (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Safe Eats – Eating Out and Bringing In (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Safe Handling of Take-Out Foods (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Sell By, Use By. What Do They Mean? (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Slow Cookers and Food Safety (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)


Videos

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

FDA 101: Product Recalls  (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Holiday Food Safety (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Identifying Recalled Products (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Join A Clinical Trial

ClinicalTrials.gov: Food Safety (National Institutes of Health)


Scientific Societies

Institute of Food Technologists

International Association for Food Protection

International Food Information Council Foundation

International Life Sciences Institute