Food safety recalls
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
Disease-causing bacteria can multiply in potentially hazardous foods (perishable foods) if temperature controls are not used or are inadequate.
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 reproduce 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.
Date Marking Requirements
Date marking is required in retail stores and also useful information for consumers Date marking handout
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
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