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
- Consumer's Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes (USDA) (PDF 2.1 MB)
- 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)
- 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- Draft Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce (FDA) (as PDF 447 KB)
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (FDA) (as PDF 1.7 MB)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- Draft Guidance for Industry - Q & A Regarding Food Facility Registration (7th Edition) (FDA)
- Draft Guidance for Industry - Supplemental Q & A Regarding Food Facililty Registration - for comment purposes only (FDA)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
Watch livestream: Food leaders convene in San Diego Nov. 14
Posted 11/12/2018 - Food Tank is hosting its inaugural summit, titled “Growing the Food Movement,” on Nov. 14 in San Diego at the Illumina Theater. The event is co-sponsored by the Berry Good Food Foundation, the University of California's Division of...
A nutty idea: A little stress could be good for walnuts
Posted 11/6/2018 - When it comes to watering walnuts, most California growers believe you need to start early to keep trees healthy and productive throughout the long, hot summer. But according to striking results from a long-term experiment in a walnut orchard in Red...