Food Safety Features
These CDC feature stories give you information you need to protect yourself and your families from illnesses caused by germs in food and water.
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Antibiotic Resistance, Food, and Food-Producing Animals
More than 400,000 Americans get sick every year from infections caused by antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria, according to CDC estimates.
Chicken and Food Poisoning (English | Español)
Americans eat more chicken every year than any other meat. Chicken can be a nutritious choice, but raw chicken is often contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria and sometimes with Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens bacteria.
Food Safety: A Changing Landscape in a Global World
Global food safety is important for the health of all Americans. Today, the United States imports about 15% of its food supply from more than 200 countries or territories.
Food Safety in the Kitchen
Use these tools and tips to help prevent food poisoning.
Global Networks Make Food Safer
Foodborne diseases are preventable, yet they commonly cause illness, disability, and death worldwide. Find out how CDC and global partners are providing countries with tools and training to make food safer to eat.
Home Canning and Botulism (English | Español)
Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and friends, but it can be risky or even deadly if not done correctly and safely.
Lettuce, Other Leafy Greens, and Food Safety
Leafy greens are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet but can get contaminated with harmful germs. Learn how to lower your chance of getting food poisoning.
Prevent Illness from Clostridium Perfringens (English | Español)
Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens) is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. Learn more about how to prevent illness from this germ.
Prevent the Spread of Norovirus (English | Español)
Norovirus causes many people to become ill with vomiting and diarrhea each year. You can help protect yourself and others by washing your hands often and following simple tips to stay healthy.
Raw (Unpasteurized) Milk (English | Español)
Raw milk can carry harmful germs that can make you very sick or kill you. If you’re thinking about drinking raw milk because you believe it has health benefits, consider other options.
Salmonella and Eggs (English | Español)
Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious and economical foods. However, they also carry a significant risk of carrying Salmonella if not handled or cooked correctly. Learn how to reduce the risks of a Salmonella infection from eggs.
Salmonella and Food (English | Español)
You may know that Salmonella can contaminate poultry and eggs but it also sneaks its way into many other foods – ground beef, tuna, pork, tomatoes, sprouts, and even peanut butter. Learn what you can do to make your food safer to eat.
Say No to Raw Dough! (English | Español)
For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough.
Shiga Toxin-Producing E.coli and Food Safety (English | Español)
Although most kinds of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. Learn about E. coli and what you can do to help lower the risk of infection.
Tips for Meal Kit and Food Delivery Safety
Subscription meal kits, mail-order food, and home-delivered groceries offer convenience. Make sure food safety is part of the package, too.
Food Safety at Fairs and Festivals (English | Español)
A fun summer activity is attending fairs, festivals, carnivals, and rodeos. Follow these tips to have safe cooking, eating, and drinking experiences at those events.
Food Safety Tips for Your Holiday Turkey (English | Español)
Food handling errors and inadequate cooking are the most common problems that lead to poultry-associated foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States. Follow these four food safety tips to help you safely prepare your next holiday turkey meal.
Food Safety Tips for the Holidays
Follow these simple tips to keep safe from food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays.
Preparing Chitlins Safely
Chitlins are a traditional Southern food served during winter holidays. If you’re getting ready to cook chitlins, sometimes called chitterlings, it’s important to handle and cook these pork intestines the right way.
Learn About Cronobacter Infection (English | Spanish)
Cronobacter is a germ found naturally in the environment that can survive in very dry conditions. Cronobacter has been found in dry foods, such as powdered infant formula, powdered milk, herbal teas, and starches.
Prevent Infections During Pregnancy (English | Spanish)
If you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy, there are simple steps you can take to protect your fetus or newborn from infections that cause serious health problems.