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UC Food Safety
University of California
UC Food Safety

Consumer Advice

General

  • Your Gateway to Federal Food Safety Information (foodsafety.gov)
  • Fight Bac! (Partners for Food Education) - FightBac is a partnership of organizations interested in education related to food safety. This web site includes lots of information on food safety with PDF files with camera ready copies of educational materials.

Animals

Pets as well as animals used for the production of meat or eggs can carry diseases that may infect humans. The following links provide information and guidelines for hygiene and safe handling of domesticated animals in and around your home.

Biotechnology

This link provides information about genetically modified foods.

Emergencies

Learn about ways to ensure food safety during emergencies such as power outages, blackouts, fires, floods, or earthquakes. Guidelines for storing food and water before emergencies and for purifying water during a crisis will also be found here.

Food Additives and Preservatives

Information about the history, regulation, safety and function of food additives found in a variety of processed foods.

Food Allergies

Food allergies are caused by an adverse immune reaction towards an ingested food protein. Information about the common food allergens (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, nuts, wheat and soybeans) and the symptoms associated with food allergies are discussed in the links here. 

Foodborne Illness

A variety of microorganisms can cause foodborne illness in both healthy and immune compromised individuals. Refer to the following links for a comprehensive summary of foodborne pathogens and the diseases they cause.

Food Regulations

Understanding how foods are regulated can be confusing. Select this link for a concise guide to the agencies that regulate foods in the United States.

Food-Specific Advice

This link addresses food safety questions pertaining to specific foods such as unpasteurized milk, seafood, produce, frozen foods and juices.

Food Storage

Follow this link for definitions and tips pertaining to shelf life, product dating and long term storage of various foods.

Handwashing

Proper handwashing technique is an integral part of maintaining healthy hygiene.  Instructions for handwashing, teaching resources and references discussing the benefits of handwashing are found here.

Kitchen Food Safety

Improper hygiene, cross-contamination, inadequate heating or cooling, and temperature abuse can lead to the introduction and multiplication of foodborne pathogens in foods.  Follow this link for information about food safety in the kitchen.

Populations At-Risk for Foodborne Illness

Some consumers are more susceptible to foodborne illness and may experience more severe symptoms. This group of consumers includes young children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with illnesses that affect the immune system. This page has information on reducing foodborne illness in at-risk populations and on microorganisms that are more likely to affect at-risk groups.

Spanish Resources

A selection of publications written in Spanish on food safety when preparing food for children, in the kitchen, in emergency conditions and on food products. English versions are also available.

Site Creation date 6/1/2009
Webmaster for site:  Zann Gates

Webmaster Email: zgates@ucdavis.edu