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.
Updated August 2018: Food Safety After a Fire (For Industry)
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- Draft Guidance for Industry - Q & A Regarding Food Facility Registration (7th Edition) (FDA)
- Draft Guidance for Industry - Supplemental Q & A Regarding Food Facililty Registration - for comment purposes only (FDA)
Seasonal Food Safety & Reminders - For Back-to-School
- Classroom Materials and Actitivies for Teachers of Grades K - 12 From The Partnership for Food Safety Education (FightBac); a variety of classroom materials, including curricula and student activities, for teachers for grades K through 12.
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
Seasonal Food Safety Information and Reminders: Summer
- Eating Outdoors, Handling Food Safely (FDA)
- Food Safety on the Move (Fightbac.org) (PDF 314 KB)
- Grill it Safe (USDA FSIS)
- Grilling Like a PRO (Foodsafety.gov)
- Keep Babies and Toddlers Safe from Foodborne Illness (Fightbac.org) (PDF 617 KB)
- Keep your food safe during an emergency: Power Outages, Floods, and Fires (USDA) (as PDF 151 KB)
- Sparkling Food Safety Habits will Brighten your Celebration (Food Safety News)
- Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android - Ask Karen & FoodKeeper (USDA FSIS)
- Summer and Vacations (Foodsafety.gov)
- Summer without Salmonella - Quick Tips! (Fightbac.org)
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
What's that in your cornmeal?
Posted 4/3/2018 - You're thinking about making Grandma's Southern Cornbread. You head for your pantry. You remember that six months ago you purchased a bag of cornmeal from a local supermarket and that you immediately emptied the contents into a glass jar with a...
Got backyard chickens? Get their eggs tested for free
Posted 3/28/2018 - Californians who raise poultry outdoors are invited to get their eggs tested for contaminants. To find out if harmful substances on the ground that are eaten by birds get passed along in the eggs they lay, Maurice Pitesky, UC Cooperative Extension...