Food Preparation and Safety

FoodKeeper

USDA, FSIS, Cornell University, Food Marketing Institute

Developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute. The FoodKeeper helps you understand food and beverages storage. It will help you maximize the freshness and quality of items. It is also available as a mobile application for Android and Apple devices.


Leftovers and Food Safety

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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.


Basics for Handling Food Safely

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service

Learn how to handle, cook, and store food safely to prevent foodborne illness. Also available in PDF|384 KB.


Poultry Preparation

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find out how to safely prepare all types of poultry, including game poultry. Offers a special section on turkey.


Grill It Safe

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Food safety resources that can help you plan your next picnic, cookout, or other summer outing.


Grilling and Food Safety (PDF | 252 KB)

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find important information on grilling, including food safety concerns and health concerns.


Food Safety Resources for Schools

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

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).


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

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Prepare and serve food safely for large groups such as family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings.


Cooking Safely in the Microwave Oven (PDF | 66 KB)

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Learn how to safely use a microwave for cooking tasks, like reheating or defrosting.


Egg Products and Food Safety

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find fact sheets on egg products, egg preparation and food safety.


Is It Done Yet? Thermometer Placement and Temperatures

USDA. Food Safety Inspection Service.

Learn how to test the temperature of cooked foods, including where to place the thermometer and what temperature to cook to.


Meat Preparation

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find out how to safely prepare all types of meats, including beef, bison, pork, veal, lamb, goat, rabbit, and more.


Food Product Dating

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Learn what the "sell by" date means for food safety.


Food Safety in Your Kitchen

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

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.


Report a Problem with Food

Foodsafety.gov

If you suspect that a food is contaminated or has made you or someone that you know sick, follow these guidelines to report it.


Check Your Steps

Foodsafety.gov

Reduce the risk of food poisoning with these tips.


Food Facts for Consumers

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

A listing of consumer information by topic. Topics include food allergies, food safety concerns, and what you need to know about dietary supplements.


Produce: Selecting and Serving it Safely

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Follow-these safe handling-tips when buying, storing, and preparing fresh fruits and vegetables.


Fish and Shellfish Advisories and Safe Eating Guidelines

US Environmental Protection Agency.

Learn when it is safe to eat fish you catch and how to clean and cook fish to reduce adverse health effects.


Food Safety at Home

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

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|611 KB.


Egg Safety: What You Need to Know

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Learn how to select, cook, and store eggs to avoid contamination and complications with foodborne illness.


Food Safety Videos

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Find videos on a variety of food safety topics.