Contact Us

James Theuri
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815-933-8337
FAX: 815-933-8532
jtheu50@illinois.edu

Laurie George
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
FAX: 618-242-0781
ljgeorge@illinois.edu

Food Safety

Food Safety

General

Lots of great information here!

  • A Farmer's Guide to Food Safety and Conservation: Facts, Tips, and Frequently Asked Questions
    Co-published by Wild Farm Alliance and Community Alliance with Family Farmers This guide goes over basic factors that affect the survival and movement of food borne pathogens on the farm, and how healthy diverse ecosystems can help to keep pathogens in check. A set of frequently asked questions addresses everything from wildlife and compost issues, to CSA visitors on the farm. Another section gives tips on how to have a successful food safety inspection, and the resources list includes links to web pages where your auditor can learn about the co-management of food safety and conservation.

  • GAPs - Cooling Produce after Harvest
    In order to remain competitive, growers must ensure that the quality of produce is maintained as well as possible from harvest to time of consumption. Harvest should be done at the right temperature to avoid late-day field heat, and cooling should be done as soon as possible to remove field heat.

  • Sanitation guidelines for Farmers' Markets and Other Outdoor Food Sales Events
    Technical Information Bulletin which provides regulatory guidelines for foods often found at farmers' markets and other food events.

  • USDA - Food Safety