Learn how to safely use a microwave for cooking tasks, like reheating or defrosting.
Food Preparation and Safety
Developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute. The FoodKeeper will help you maximize the freshness and quality of foods and beverages. It is also available as a mobile application for Android and Apple devices.
Learn how to handle, cook, and store food safely to prevent foodborne illness. Also available in PDF|384 KB.
Prepare and serve food safely for large groups such as family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings.
Find fact sheets on egg products, egg preparation and food safety.
Learn what the "sell by" date means for food safety.
The FNS Office of Food Safety develops education, instruction and technical assistance resources for individuals working in federally funded nutrition assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Find important information on grilling, including food safety concerns and health concerns.
Food safety resources that can help you plan your next picnic, cookout, or other summer outing.
Learn how to test the temperature of cooked foods, including where to place the thermometer and what temperature to cook to.
Safe handling of leftovers is very important to reducing foodborne illness. Follow the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service's recommendations for handling leftovers safely.
Find out how to safely prepare all types of meats, including beef, bison, pork, veal, lamb, goat, rabbit, and more.
Find out how to safely prepare all types of poultry, including game poultry. Offers a special section on turkey.
Reduce the risk of food poisoning with these tips.
Learn how to select, cook, and store eggs to avoid contamination and complications with foodborne illness.
Learn when it is safe to eat fish you catch and how to clean and cook fish to reduce adverse health effects.
A listing of consumer information by topic. Topics include food allergies, food safety concerns, and what you need to know about dietary supplements.
Learn food safety techniques such as purchasing safe food, practicing safe handling while in the kitchen, and properly storing food and leftovers. Also available in PDF.
Whether you are a home cook, a professional chef, or a recipe writer, there are some easy steps you can take to help keep your food safe all the way from the grocery store to the kitchen table.
As you enjoy fresh produce, follow these safe handling tips to help protect yourself and your family.
If you suspect that a food is contaminated or has made you or someone that you know sick, follow these guidelines to report it.