General Food Safety

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Bad Bug Book:  Handbook of Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins (Reference Handbook)
Food and Drug Administration
Includes individual fact sheets on the most common foodborne pathogens including information on symptoms, route of entry, and food sources. 

Guidelines for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes in Small- to Medium-Scale Packing and Fresh-Cut Operations (Fact Sheet)
University of California

L. monocytogenes can be found in packing sheds and fresh-cut processing systems.  This fact sheet includes tips for controlling L. monocytogenes in postharvest operations, packaging and storage, equipment and sanitation.

Cryptosporidium on the Farm (Fact Sheet)
Minnesota Department of Health

This fact sheet answers questions such as: What is cryptosporidium? Where is it found on farms?  How best to prevent and/or control it on-farm?

Salmonella on the Farm (Fact Sheet)
Minnesota Department of Health

This fact sheet describes where salmonella may be found on a farm and ways to prevent cross contamination and food borne illness.

Campylobacter on the Farm (Fact Sheet)
Minnesota Department of Health
Discusses specific locations and symptoms of campylobacter on the farm and how to clean those places accordingly to prevent contamination and food borne illness.

Foodborne Illness and Disease
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA’s portal to fact sheets about foodborne illness.  Includes information on specific pathogens such as E. coli.

CDC Foodborne Outbreaks Homepage
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This is the CDC’s homepage for foodborne illness outbreaks.

CDC Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
List of selected multistate foodborne outbreak investigations by year and pathogen.

Current Recalls and Alerts
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service
Lists information about meat and poultry recalls and alerts. – Your Gateway to Federal Food Safety
Gateway website to access consumer information and educator resources.
    Current list of food recalls and alerts
    Report a foodborne illness or a problem with food

Outbreaks: Investigation, Response & Evaluation
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Explains FDA’s CORE Network and lists foodborne illness outbreaks.

Food Safety
University of California, Sana Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
Provides an overview of food safety, food safety audit and sample forms.

FamilyFarmed: On-Farm Food Safety Project
Create your own customized food safety plan.  Includes forms and templates.

Farm Answers – The Largest Source of Information for Beginning Farmers
University of Minnesota
USDA supported website to help new farmers.  Also provides resources for more experienced farmers.  Sections include: library, programs, blogs & news, and toolboxes. 

Start Farming – Food Safety
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food safety resources for new farmers.  

Produce Safety Alliance
Cornell University

A nationwide listing of Produce Safety Alliance trainings.

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance
Illinois Institute of Technology
A nationwide listing of Preventive Controls for Human Food trainings.

Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS)
University of Vermont and 11 Northeast states and the District of Columbia
Check the Upcoming Events section for a list of trainings in the northeast.

National Restaurant Association
ServSafe® is a national food safety certification program for food handlers and managers.  Contact your local Cooperative Extension office for assistance in locating a class near you. – Your Gateway to Federal Food Safety
Gateway website to access consumer information and educator resources.

Safe Food Handling Fact Sheets
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Homepage for USDA’s food safety fact sheets for consumers. These facts could also be used for staff training.

Produce: Selecting and Serving It Safely (Website, Fact Sheet, Video)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Consumer tips for buying, storing, and preparing fresh produce safely. 

Fresh Fruit, Vegetables and Juices
Homepage for consumer food safety information on fruit, vegetables and juices.

Your Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (Educator Slide Show)
Partnership for Food Safety Education
This slide show highlights the importance of education consumers about food safety and how to safely handle fresh fruits and vegetables.

Smart (and Safe) Shopping at Farmers’ Markets (Video)
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
This brief video (1:29) highlights food safety tips when shopping at a farmers’ market.