Help Prevent Foodborne Illness

Safe Food Handling

Things You Need to Know About How to Handle Food:

According to the U.S. government, approximately 1 out of every 6 Americans gets sick annually with a foodborne illness. Using proper food handling, preparing, and storing techniques, as well as using proper refrigeration equipment, can reduce the instances where harmful bacteria causes food poisoning.

7 Food Safety Steps

Food Cleanliness and Hand Washing

The FDA recommends washing hands and other cooking/preparation surfaces frequently to reduce the spread of bacteria. encourages proper hand washing for 20 seconds or more to effectively stop contamination.

Hand washing resources and how-to guides:

5 Tips to Prevent Norovirus from Spreading

Appliance, Kitchen, and Utensil Cleanliness

Home Food Safety outlines the proper way to clean kitchen surfaces, appliances, and utensils. A Health Magazine article teaches readers how to keep kitchens clean and safe in six steps.

Kitchen Sponge Safety Resources:

Safe Meat Preparation and Storage

The USDA offers many resources on safe meat preparation and storage for various types of meat:

Other Resources for Safe Meat Preparation, Storage Guidelines, and Facts:

  • Farmland provides guidelines on how to safely serve pork, including a guide for meat thermometers and different methods of preparation.
  •’s guide to safe meat handling
  • University of Illinois Extension: Meat Safety for the consumer, including cooking times and correct end-point temperatures

Safe Poultry Preparation and Storage

USDA: articles and fact sheets for safe handling, preparation, and serving of poultry by type:

Further Resources for Safe Poultry Handling and Preparation:

% Positive Salmonella Tests in Finished Products

Safe Egg Preparation and Storage

Temperature Applicable for Food Safety

General Food Storage Tips and Safety (Including Freezing and Thawing)

Resources for Safe Food Freezing:

  • USDA: food freezing fact sheet
  • USDA: using thermometers to ensure safe and proper freezer temperatures
  • storage shelf life for food in the freezer
  • FDA: refrigerator and freezer storage chart

Resources on Safe Food Thawing:

Other Resources for Safe Food Storage:

% Positive Campylobacter Tests in Finished Products

Food Safety and Cleanliness for Large Groups: Catering, Food Service Industry, and Large Parties

Fact Sheets on Cross Contamination

Food Safety for Underserved, Immune-Compromised, or At-Risk Populations

Seasonal Food Safety