Food Safety

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:

  • consumers
  • institutional and home food handlers
  • schools
  • 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
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • 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

Check Your Steps- 12 short videos

Inocuidad Alimentaria En Español - 19 videos cortos

Other Resources

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
Toll-free: 1-800-535-4555
For the hearing-impaired
(TTY) 1-800-256-7072

Para leer en Español

cooking utensils

Food Safety Publications

Foodborne illness fact sheet

Safe Eggs (English & Spanish)

Safe Eggs (English & Creole)

Refrigerator Calculator


Online Resources

University of Florida-IFAS Extension Publications (EDIS)

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Fight BAC™

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition 

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