For People Who Eat Food


Foodborne illnesses
Foods away from home
Food preparation

Food storage

For educators
For loved ones with AIDS
Fruits & fruit juice
Pregnant women & moms with kids


Most of us don't even think about food safety until we become ill from eating something. Of the possible hazards that can contaminate food, biological hazards like bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi pose the greatest risk. 

There is no doubt about it! If you cook, serve or eat food at home or in a restaurant, there are certain things that you need to know to safeguard your health and to prevent a foodborne illness. How savvy are you? Take the food safety quiz.

The links below have been provided to make it easier for you to read food safety information. Learn whether the cooking and serving practices at home or at your favorite restaurant could be putting you and your family at risk for a foodborne illness. Your life could very well depend upon it.

Information is grouped by the following categories:

Foodborne Illnesses (Back to top)

What can I do to protect myself from food poisoning?

What should you do if you have a problem with a food product?

Reporting a foodborne illness

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Food Preparation

How often should I sanitize my kitchen sink drains and disposal?

What is the best way to clean kitchen counters?

What is the safest way to defrost meat, poultry, and fish products?

How can I keep "take out" food safe?

How should I select and use cutting boards?

What is the safest way to handle and prepare eggs?

Why should some people avoid eating raw oysters?

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Food Away From Home

How do you safely prepare food for bag lunches or picnics?

How do you safely prepare school lunches?

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Food Storage

What is the proper temperature for my refrigerator?

How long can leftover food be left out of the refrigerator?

How long can you store food in a refrigerator or freezer?

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Fruits & Fruit Juice

How can consumers reduce the risk of foodborne illness from fresh produce?

What do consumers need to know about juice safety?

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For Pregnant Women & Moms

Why should pregnant women avoid eating soft cheeses?

How do I avoid infection during pregnancy?

I have seen bottled water marked for use in preparing infant formula. What does this mean?

Why should you not use homemade infant formula?

When should solid foods be added to a baby's diet?

How can you prevent childhood poisoning?

How can you tell if your child has ingested something poisonous?

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Why are seniors at-risk for foodborne illness?

Why should older people be especially concerned about food safety?


What should seniors avoid eating to prevent foodborne illness?

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How can seniors prevent foodborne illness:

For Loved Ones With AIDS

What food safety advice is there for persons with AIDS?

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Food Safety Education For Educators

In Case of an Emergency

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