Keeping my Food Safe

Food safety recalls

FDA Food Safety Recalls

Current FDA 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.

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 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.


Canning tips from the FDA

Canning tips

Complete Guide to Home Canning

USDA guide to home canning

Date Marking Requirements

Date marking is required in retail stores and also useful information for consumers Date marking handout

Farmers' Market Food Safety from FDA

Food Safety at the Farmer's Market

Fish and Shellfish Advisories and Consumption Guidelines

Fish and Shellfish Advisories and Consumption Guidelines

Food Preservation at Home

OSU Extension information on canning, pickling, smoking, curing, freezing, and drying food at home OSU Extension on food preservation at home

Food Safety in Your Home Vegetable Garden University of California

Food safety in your home vegetable garden

Get it Straight – it’s Safer to Separate

Preventing Cross Contamination Information from Partnership for Food Safety Education Food safety separation to avoid cross-contamination handout

National Center for Home Food Preservation

Current research-based recommendations for home food preservation Document

Oregon Farmers Market Association

Farm direct to consumer marketing. Includes the farmers market directory. Oregon Farmers Market Association website

Reusable Grocery Bags

Keeping reusable grocery bags safe Grocery bag safety tips

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