Food Safety Updates From CDC

Published August 30, 2022

Subscribe Here
September is Food Safety Education Month. For a safe plate, don't cross-contaminate.

Participate in Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month. This year we will focus on preventing cross-contamination. Cross-contamination happens when harmful bacteria spread to food from other foods and surfaces such as countertops, cutting boards, and utensils. Help prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from other foods and washing hands and surfaces.

Follow for more tips: @CDCgov Twitter, @CDC_NCEZID Twitter, CDC Facebook, CDCgov Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Look for #FSEM2022.

Get graphics to share and a fall salad recipe on CDC’s website.

Restaurant Food Safety Webinar

Join CDC for the webinar Set the Table: Improving Restaurant Food Safety Through Science and Practice. Get information on key CDC training and surveillance resources for outbreaks, along with new research findings on restaurant food safety. This free webinar is part of the Environmental Health Nexus series.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, September 13, 1–2 pm ET.


CDC Investigations of Multistate Intestinal Disease Outbreaks, 2017–2020

CDC recently published a summary of investigations of possible multistate outbreaks caused by Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, and Listeria monocytogenes. The summary focuses on multistate outbreaks linked to contaminated food or animal contact from 2017 through 2020. In those years, Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria caused outbreaks that resulted in 14,312 illnesses, 3,517 hospitalizations, and 65 deaths. The summary highlights findings and lessons learned from investigations of multistate outbreaks involving Salmonella and ground beef, Listeria and deli meats and cheeses, E. coli and leafy greens, and others.

Illustration of various food and vegetable items representing on a wood background

Check Out CDC’s Redesigned Website on Foodborne Outbreaks

Want to stay up to date with foodborne outbreaks and recalls? Curious about how disease detectives solve outbreaks? Want to help CDC identify the contaminated food in an outbreak? Visit CDC’s redesigned foodborne outbreaks website.

A plate of food with chicken and various raw vegetables on it.

Today’s Food Safety Tip

Are you tackling a game day spread this season?

Cook food to the right internal temperature to kill harmful germs, and use a food thermometer to check meat, egg, and casserole dishes on your menu.

Get more information on safely preparing and serving food for your game day gathering.