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Protect Your Family From Food Poisoning

Protect your family from food poisoning by buying, storing, and preparing food safely.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ask Karen: Your Food Safety Expert

Search a database, chat online, email, or text to get answers to food safety questions and helpful tips from experts.

Review Date: January 09, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FoodSafety.Gov

FoodSafety.gov is your gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies. Get the latest news, tips, food recalls and alerts.

Review Date: April 27, 2011

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can answer your food safety questions on safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products. Call toll-free 888-674-6854 or email mphotline.fsis@usda.gov.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

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

Mercury: Information for Consumers

Mercury is contained in some of the fish we eat and products we use. Learn about sources of mercury exposure, potential health effects, and ways to reduce your exposure to mercury.

Review Date: January 10, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Additives in Meat and Poultry Products

Additives are used for flavor and appeal, food preparation and processing, freshness, and safety. Learn if food additives are safe and how they are regulated.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

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

Be Smart. Keep Foods Apart

When handling foods, it is important to Be Smart, Keep Foods Apart -- Don't Cross-Contaminate. By following these simple steps, you can prevent cross-contamination and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

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

CDC Vitalsigns: Making Food Safer to Eat

Learn about foods associated with Salmonella outbreaks and what is being done to reduce the risk of Salmonella infection and other foodborne illnesses.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cooking for Groups: A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety

The goal of this brochure is to help volunteers prepare and serve food safely for large groups such as family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

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

Desktop Dining

Whether eating at your desk, in the lunchroom or during a meeting, follow these tips to stay healthy and keep your food safe.

Review Date: December 01, 2011

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Eating Outdoors: Handling Food Safely

Find simple food safety guidelines for transporting your food to the picnic site, and preparing and serving it safely once you've arrived.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Food Safety Alerts and Tips Widget

Use the Food Safety Alerts & Tips widget to view the latest food safety recalls and alerts. Code is provided to add this widget to your Web site or blog.

Review Date: July 11, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Food Safety At Home: Seafood

Proper handling of seafood can greatly reduce your risk of foodborne illness. Keep these safety tips in mind when buying, storing and preparing seafood.

Review Date: November 16, 2011

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Food Safety Education

This site offers games and activities for kids to learn about food safety.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Safety for Moms-to-Be

Foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies. This page contains a food-by-food guide to selecting, preparing, and eating foods safely.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Food Safety for Persons with Chronic Illnesses

Read this important information about food safety for people with chronic illnesses such as cancer and diabetes.

Review Date: February 01, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Growing a Healthier You: Nutrition From the Farm to the Table

This page features nutritional and food safety information, menu planners, and other tools to help you benefit from adding fruits, vegetables and other foods to your meals.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Holiday Health and Safety Tips- (PDF)

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. They are also a time to pay special attention to your health. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips.

Review Date: May 07, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Keep Food Safe: Check Your Steps

One in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year alone. Follow four simple steps to help keep your family safe from food poisoning at home.

Review Date: January 09, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Learn how to keep food safe, minimize loss of food, reduce the risk of foodborne illness, and keep your family safe during an emergency.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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

Mail Order Food Safety

Ordering food through the mail may cause concerns about food safety, shelf life, and distribution. Learn how both food and packaging should look when perishable mail order foods arrive.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

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

Playing It Safe With Eggs

Prevent egg-related illness by knowing how to buy, store, handle and cook eggs — or foods that contain them — safely. Follow these safe handling tips to help protect yourself and your family.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Raw Produce: Selecting and Serving it Safely

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. As you enjoy fresh produce and fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, it's important to handle these products safely in order to reduce the risks of foodborne illness.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Report a Problem with Food

If you have food poisoning, suspect that food from a store or restaurant is contaminated, or have problems with different types of foods, learn how to report the problem quickly and effectively.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Safety Reporting Portal

Use the Safety Reporting Portal to submit complaints or concerns about FDA-regulated drugs, foods (including animal feed, pet food, and pet treats) and animal drugs, as well as adverse events occurring on human gene transfer trials.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Start at the Store: 7 Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illness

Follow these seven safey tips while shopping for food to help safeguard your home against foodborne illnesses.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer

These short but safe time limits for home-refrigerated foods will keep them from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. Keep this chart near your refrigerator.

Review Date: February 02, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Dangers of Raw Milk: Unpasteurized Milk Can Pose a Serious Health Risk

Milk and milk products provide a wealth of nutrition benefits. But raw, unpasteurized milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks to you and your family.

Review Date: January 09, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods

This fact sheet provides information for consumers on what they need to know about food and water safety during hurricanes, power outages, and floods. Find preparedness tips for when the power goes out, once power is restored, and when flooding occurs.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish

Learn why women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children should avoid some types of fish and eat fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

What's On Your Plate? Food Safety

Find out how to avoid getting sick from your food.

Review Date: March 31, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

What's On Your Plate? Food Safety

Find out how to avoid getting sick from your food.

Review Date: March 31, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

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