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Many people do not think about food safety until a food-related illness affects them or a family member. While the food supply in the United States is one of the safest in the world, CDC estimates that 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans die each year from foodborne illness.

Preventing foodborne illness and death remains a major public health challenge.

Food Safety at Home

Food Safety isn't just for professionals, it's just as important at home. To help we have developed a new Food Safety @Home App.

Food Safety @Home takes you step-by-step through the processes of food safety from basic concepts through kitchen cleanup. Written by food safety professionals, the app is perfect for anyone preparing food at home.

The App includes 8 different topic areas:

  • "Concepts" gets you started with some key terminology used in training chefs and food service professionals.
  • "Setup" provides information to help you maintain a safe environment for food preparation at home.
  • "Supply" discusses the "Flow of Foods" - a concept that helps you think about how you purchase, transport, and store food.
  • "Prepare" contains guidance to prepare yourself to cook.
  • "Cook" gives you tips for safe techniques when cooking or preparing food for your family or guests.
  • "Serve" includes guidance for the formal or informal presentation of food in your home.
  • "Store" has pointers for packaging and storing leftovers or ready-to-eat food for later use.
  • "Clean" covers cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen and cooking equipment to maintain a safe environment.

Get Food Safety @Home and add pro-level safety techniques to your cooking repertoire!

FDA’s Oral Culture Learner Project

In an effort to enhance retail food safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released video testimonials to educate retail and foodservice employees on the possible, dire consequences of poor preparation practices and provide tips to prevent foodborne illness. The videos support the FDA’s Retail Food Safety Initiative, which seeks to strengthen the retail and foodservice industry’s active managerial control of foodborne illness risk factors. Watch the videos below.

A Family Tragedy that Could Have Been Prevented: The Story of Zella Ploghoft - Part 1

Years of Suffering that Could Have Been Prevented: The Story of Kate and Bernadette

Foodborne illness interview with NRFSP CEO Larry Lynch