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.
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- Draft Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce (FDA) (as PDF 447 KB)
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (FDA) (as PDF 1.7 MB)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)
Seasonal - Halloween Food Safety
- Avoid "Nightmares" on Halloween - Food Safety Tips (foodsafety.gov)
- Halloween Food Safety Tips for Parents (FDA)
- Halloween Food Safety How-To (fightbac.org)
- Halloween Health and Safety Tips (CDC)
- Halloween Toil and Trouble (Food Safety News)
- Tips for Trick-or-Treating Safely on Halloween (Food Allergy Research and Education)
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- Draft Guidance for Industry - Q & A Regarding Food Facility Registration (7th Edition) (FDA)
- Draft Guidance for Industry - Supplemental Q & A Regarding Food Facililty Registration - for comment purposes only (FDA)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
Added June 2018:
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals: Supply-Chain Program (FDA) (PDF 302 KB) (See Final Rule Here)
- Flour & Cereal Grains - Outbreaks and Recalls (UC Davis, L.J. Harris and S. Yada) (updated 6-28-18) (PDF 111 KB)
UC Food Blog
Honey bee health key to wellbeing of important species
Posted 10/18/2018 - Our friends the honey bees make it possible for us to devour an abundance of almond products. In 2016 the California almond crop totaled 2.15 billion pounds valued at $5.2 billion. Growing 80 percent of the world's almonds in California takes a lot of...
It’s electric?! Breaking down electric pressure cookers
Posted 10/17/2018 - You may have heard the buzz about electric pressure cookers. Even if you don't follow kitchen trends, this piece of equipment may take some of the "pressure off" of preparing meals. From personal experience, I can say that they're also quite...