Safe Food Handling
Making Food Products Safely in your Home Kitchen or Appropriate Kitchen on your Property
Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year alone?
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service provides information for consumers concerning home food safety: Kitchen Companion – Your Safe Food Handbook
This problem is more serious than many people realize. Food poisoning not only sends more than 100,000 Americans to the hospital each year – it can also have long term health consequences.
Source: USDA Food Safety
- Causes food to "go bad"
- Associated with "off" smell or taste, rarely causes illness
- Can cause foodborne illness (i.e. food poisoning)
- Often odorless and tasteless
- May even cause death
Shopping for Fruit
- Do not buy fruit that is damaged
- Separate! Don't Cross Contaminate!
- Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods, such as raw fruit and vegetables
- Keep fruit cool while transporting
- Wash fruits under cool running water before using
Unsafe Practices When Cooking
- Smoking or use of tobacco while preparing food
- Eating while preparing food
- Not covering wounds and sores while handling food
- Pets in the kitchen
- FSIS's "Ask Karen" – virtual rep: answers to more than 4,000 food safety questions
- Safe storage, preparation and handling of meat, poultry and egg products and prevention of foodborne illness and disease
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at askkaren.gov
- Contact your local Extension office
- Contact your local Department of Public Health
- Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761