UC Food Safety Home
Research and Extension faculty at UC Davis, Drs. Erin DiCaprio, Linda Harris, and Trevor Suslow, welcome you to the University of California Food Safety website. Link to presentations, publications, and websites related to the production, harvest and processing of foods. The emphasis is microbial food safety but food biotechnology, food quality, and food security are also addressed.
Reposted November 13, 2018
Added November 2018
- Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls (FDA) (as PDF 114 KB)
Added November 2018: Seasonal - Holiday & Winter Food Safety
- Food Safety Tips for the Holidays (CDC)
- Holiday Food Safety (FDA)
- Holiday Food Safety Videos (FDA) In English and Spanish
- Safe Holiday Meal Tips and Planning (FightBac.org)
- Say No to Raw Dough! (CDC)
- Serving Up Safe Buffets (FDA)
- Turduckens Require Safe Food Handling (USDA) (PDF 67 KB)
- Winter Holidays (FoodSafety.gov)
Added October 2018:
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce (FDA) (as PDF 447 KB)
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (FDA) (as PDF 1.7 MB)
- Oct. 7, 2018: Guidelines for using Enterococcus faecium NRRL B-2354 as a surrogate microorganism in pistachio process validation (UC Davis & Michigan State University) (PDF 386 KB)
Added August 2018
- Draft Guidance for Industry - Q & A Regarding Food Facility Registration (7th Edition) (FDA)
- Draft Guidance for Industry - Supplemental Q & A Regarding Food Facililty Registration - for comment purposes only (FDA)
- Emergencies (For Consumers - contains fire resources)
- ood Safety After a Fire (For Industry)
The following California organizations have collaborated on the new resources below for small-scale farmers and processors on how to produce your product safely and in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations: Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), University of California Department of Food Science & Technology (UC Davis FST), UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) and the Western Regional Center for Food Safety (WRCEFS).
- Value-Added On-Farm Processing - Regulatory Considerations - Examples and a flow chart to help farmers understand multiple state and federal regulations. (PDF 1.8 MB)
- A free webinar to explain the flowchart above.
- Permit Timeline Resources - What to do and when you should do it
- Processed Food Registration Permit Timeline
- CA Cannery License Program Timeline
- A free webinar to explain the timeline documents above.
- A PDF of the slides from the webinar above (PDF 5.8 MB)
Updated/Added July 2018:
FDA Fact Sheet: Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin (FDA, 7-23-18) (PDF 155 KB)
- Bibliography: Containing a comprehensive list of references pertaining to microbial safety of nuts and sesame seed. Publications on the Microbial Safety of Nuts and Sesame Seeds (updated 7-23-18) (PDF 274 KB)
- Inactivation of Microorganisms in Nuts and Nut Pastes: Table and References (updated 7-23-18) (PDF 114 KB)
- Outbreaks from Tree Nuts, Peanuts, and Sesame Seeds (updated 7-23-18) (PDF 59 KB)
- Surveys for Foodborne Pathogens on Nuts: Tables and References (updated 7-23-18) (PDF 117 KB)
- Survival of Foodborne Pathogens on Nuts: Tables and References (updated 7-23-18) (PDF 87 KB)
- U.S. Recalls of Nuts: Table and References (updated 7-23-18) (PDF 122 KB)
- Archived Documents, Nuts and Nut Pastes
UC Food Blog
For family fun and treats - a winter farm visit
Posted 12/10/2018 - California farmers all over the state invite you to visit, shake off the city, learn a little and enjoy your holiday shopping the old-fashioned way; direct from the growers of winter fruits and creators of small-batch treats to fill your gift baskets....
Lemon water tasting at UC research center kicks off an 18-month citrus sensory study
Posted 12/7/2018 - What flavors do you detect in a sip of lemon water? Are there notes of sweetness, sour, off flavors or fresh citrus taste? Scientists at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the USDA want to know every subtle taste sensation for...