Food Safety Features

These features provide tips on how to prevent food poisoning (also called foodborne illness).

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Food Safety Basics
Food safety practices: wash hands, separate raw meat and produce, cook to safe temperature, refrigerate perishables

Fast Facts About Food Poisoning

Learn how to prevent it, who is more likely to get it, and when to see a doctor. Español

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food, before eating, and at other key times. Español

Eating Out and Food Delivery
Inside of a restaurant

Food Safety and Eating Out

When choosing a restaurant, look for one that keeps food safety on the menu. Español | Kreyòl

Food Delivery Safety

Make sure subscription meal kits and grocery deliveries are handled safely to prevent food poisoning. Español

Foods and Germs
Some foods that can cause food poisoning, including chicken, lettuce, and ground beef

Chicken and Food Poisoning

Eating undercooked chicken can make you sick. Learn how to handle and prepare it safely. Español

E. coli and Food Safety

Some kinds of E. coli can make you sick. Find out how to lower your chance of infection. Español

Fruit and Vegetable Safety

Fruits and vegetables provide important health benefits. Learn how to select and prepare them safely. Español

Lettuce, Other Leafy Greens, and Food Safety

Leafy greens can get contaminated with harmful germs. Read our questions and answers. Español

Oysters and Vibriosis

You can get very sick from eating raw oysters. Take steps to protect your health. Español

Prevent Illness From C. perfringens

C. perfringens is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the U.S. Learn how to prevent illness from this germ.

Preventing Norovirus

Norovirus sickens many people each year. Wash your hands often and follow other tips to protect yourself and others. Español

Salmonella and Eggs

Learn how to reduce the risks of a Salmonella infection from eggs. Español

Salmonella and Food

Salmonella commonly causes food poisoning. Take steps to make your food safer to eat. Español

Say No to Raw Dough

You can get sick after eating or tasting raw dough or batter. Follow these tips to stay healthy when handling raw dough. Español

Antibiotic Resistance, Food, and Food Animals

Learn how you can protect your family from antibiotic-resistant infections from food and animals. Español

You Can Help Solve Foodborne Outbreaks

You can help disease detectives find and solve foodborne outbreaks. Find out more.

Seasons, Holidays, and Events
Cooked holiday turkey

Food Safety for the Holidays

Follow these tips to prevent food poisoning during the holidays. Español

Preparing Your Holiday Turkey Safely

Handling and cooking poultry incorrectly can lead to food poisoning. Learn how to prepare your holiday turkey safely. Español

Game Day Food Safety Tips

Tackling a buffet at your game day gathering? Play by the rules and keep the runs on the field. Español

Home Canning and Botulism

Home canning can be deadly if not done safely. Learn the proper techniques to prevent botulism. Español

Food Safety for Buffets and Parties

Follow these steps to keep food safe when cooking, preparing, or serving food for large groups. Español

How to Grill Safely

Food poisoning peaks in the summer months when warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to flourish. Follow these steps for a safe and enjoyable grilling season. Español

Pregnant Women and Infants
A woman bottle feeding her baby

Cronobacter Infection and Infants

Cronobacter infections are rare, but they can be deadly in newborns. The germ can sometimes be found in powdered infant formula. Español

Preventing Infections Before and During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, take steps to protect your fetus or newborn from infections that cause serious health problems. Español