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Consumer Food Safety Resources

Are you looking for food safety resources as a consumer? Feel free to check out the resources included below for answers to some common food safety questions.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) is the cornerstone for federal nutrition programs and a go-to resource for health professionals nationwide. The Dietary Guidelines provides food-based recommendations to promote health, help prevent diet-related chronic diseases, and meet nutrient needs.

WIC Works

See the resources available through WIC's website for pregnant and breastfeeding women, which include:

Food Safety for Children and Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
Pregnant women and young children are among those at highest risk for foodborne illnesses, making safe food handling particularly important for them. This page provides a number of resources specifically for these two groups, as well as breastfeeding women.

Food Safety - Education Materials and Information Resources
There are several resources for general food safety information and materials for use with WIC participants included for people to understand how their behavior contributes to the safety of food.

SNAP-Ed Resources

Food Safety Resources
SNAP-Ed education programs teach food safety skills. These SNAP-Ed program resources cover topics such as hand washing, cooling, and preparation. They provide a good list of important food safety topics.

Be Food Safe! Curriculum Unit for Nutrition Education Assistants
This resources is a train-the-trainer curriculum that addresses key messages about food safety and covers the food safety basics.

Resources for Farmers and Producers

Get the Facts About Food Safety, from the Office of Community Food Systems
Each year, a growing number of schools are sourcing and serving safe, locally grown foods from nearby farmers or school gardens. Misconceptions about food safety should not keep schools from enjoying these nutritious and fresh food options. This infographic addresses some common food safety misconceptions.

FoodSafety.gov

Find resources from the CDC, FDA, and FSIS through the FoodSafety.gov website!

FoodKeeper App

FoodKeeper App
Learn more about the FoodKeeper App, which helps you understand food and beverages storage. It will help you maximize the freshness and quality of items. By doing so you will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly. It was developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute.

Ask USDA a Question

Looking for USDA information? The AskUSDA site makes it easy, providing information from across our organization all in one place. Just type key words or phrases into the search box included on the AskUSDA page.

01/11/2021