The Food Safety Program provides educational programs to citizens and consumers at various levels leading to improved food handling practices and consequently to a safer food supply.
The target audiences of the program include:
- institutional and home food handlers
- institutional food services
- youth and volunteer organizations.
Foodborne Illness Facts
Did you know...
- Approximately 1 out of 6 or 48 million people become sick from foodborne illnesses across the United States annually.
- More than 128,000 people are hospitalized each year for a foodborne illness.
- This year about 3,000 people will die from a foodborne illness.
Possible signs and symptoms you have a food borne illness:
- Upset stomach
- Dehydration (sometimes severe) from losing bodily liquids.
Don't count on sight, smell and taste to test for food safety. It can take a ½ hour to 2 weeks to become sick from unsafe foods. You may become sick later even if you feel OK after eating.
Food Safety Videos
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
For the hearing-impaired
Para leer en Español
Food Safety Publications