Keeping my Food Safe

Food safety recalls

Federal Food Safety Recalls

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists information gathered from press releases and other public notices about certain recalls of FDA-regulated products. Website

Recalls Affecting Products in Oregon

Link to ODA news blog with information on food recalls in the state of Oregon. Website

USDA Current Recalls and Alerts

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) lists current food recalls and alerts, including products containing meat. Website

​​Guidance for keeping food safe

Temperatures

Disease-causing bacteria can multiply in potentially hazardous foods (perishable foods) if temperature controls are not used or are inadequate.

Hand washing

Washing your hands the right way can stop the spread of illness-causing bacteria. It takes 20 seconds and requires only three ingredients: running water, soap, and something to dry your hands (a paper towel or air).

Separate, don't cross contaminate!

Improper handling of raw meat, poultry, and seafood can create an inviting environment for cross-contamination. As a result, harmful bacteria can spread to food and throughout the kitchen.

Decoding food product dates

Date marking ensures foods are discarded before bacteria reproduces to levels that can cause foodborne illness. ODA provides tips on how to decide what the date on your food means and whether or not the food is still safe to eat.

Food safety at farmers' markets

Many markets have their own food safety rules, and vendors must comply with them, as well as any applicable government regulations. But, there are also basic guidelines that you should follow to ensure that the farm-fresh food is safe. FDA provides tips on keeping the food you purchase at the market safe.

Safe shopping bags

The fabric or materials in reusable grocery bags can get contaminated with germs like Salmonella or E. coli from food or other items. These germs could then cross-contaminate other food or items we carry in the reusable bag and make us sick. If you use reusable grocery bags, there are some simple steps that you can follow to reduce cross-contamination.

Safety of garden produce

From garden to kitchen, there are many chances for bacteria, viruses, and parasites to contaminate produce. Water, tools, animals, and manure-contaminated soil may spread harmful organisms in your garden.

Home food preservation

Home food preservation is growing in popularity, protect yourself, your family, and others when you share your home-canned goodies by learning how to can safely.

Resources

Complete Guide to Home Canning

Principles of Home Canning provided by USDA Document

Date Marking Requirements

Date marking is required in retail stores and can also be useful information for consumers. Document

Food Preservation at Home

Canning, Pickling, Smoking, Curing, Freezing, Drying food at home from OSU Extension Document

Food Safety at Farmers' Market

Information from FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Document

Food Safety in All Seasons

Partnership for Food Safety Education Document

Food Safety in Your Home Vegetable Garden

Univ. of CA- reducing the risk of contaminating food in your home garden Document

Handwashing Poster

Hand Washing Poster from FDA's Fight Bac! Website

Home Canning, Keep Your Family Safe!

Home Canning Safety from University of Georgia Extension Document

National Center for Home Food Preservation

Current research-based recommendations for home food preservation Document

Oregon Farmers' Market Associations

Information on farmers' markets in Oregon Document

Reusable Grocery Bags, Keep 'Em Clean While Going Green

Keeping reusable grocery bags safe to use by CDC Document

Search for Firms Licensed by ODA Food Safety

License search Document

Separate, Don't Cross Contaminate

Preventing Cross Contamination Information from Partnership for Food Safety Education Document

Stay Safe While Preparing the Holiday Meals

Holiday Food Safety Tips from Institute of Food Technology Website

Temperature Requirements for Potentially Hazardous Foods

Temperature requirements at for food requiring refrigeration can be useful for consumers Document

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