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Food Safety for You

food safetyWelcome to Extension Food Safety at Kansas State University. We are a leading institution in the area of food safety in teaching, research, and extension. The goals of this program include educating consumers on safe food handling with food preparation, food preservation, food service and more. Many topics are highlighted on this site to help you learn how to safely handle food from the farm to your table.

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Bacteria-Free Buffet

buffetSuper Bowl Sunday is a great American tradition. It's also the second largest day for food consumption after Thanksgiving. Super Bowl parties often include game day favorites like chicken wings, chili, guacamole, and chips and salsa. In fact, it is estimated that more than 1.23 billion chicken wing portions will be consumed during Super Bowl weekend! Sadly, the combination of finger foods, many people sharing communal dishes, and treats that are left out for long periods of time can lead to foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning). The best host wants to make sure that foodborne illness is not invited to the party, so remind consumers to follow the 4 steps to food safety (clean, separate, cook, and chill) and find more safe serving tips at Serving up Safe Buffets.


Morel Mushroom Identification Session

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, in partnership with K-State Research and Extension, Kaw Valley Mycological Society and the University of Kansas, is offering a session to help people earn the necessary approval to sell wild morel mushrooms. The session will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st Street N. in Wichita. The session will be held as one of the breakout sessions of the Central Kansas Market Grower & Vendor Workshop which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb 4.

More information and Registration


Regional Farmers Market Vendor Workshops

KSRE is again working with the Kansas Department of Ag and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to put on regional workshops geared for current and prospective Farmers Market vendors, as well as a state farmers market conference geared for farmers market managers and related personnel. Registration for the regional workshops is $20. The cost includes lunch and vendors can bring their sales scale to get tested and certified for free by the Kansas Department of Ag. Lunch cannot be guaranteed if registering less than 10 days before the workshop.

Locations and dates for 2017 are listed below. A website with more information and link to online registration is available from https://fs22.formsite.com/KansasDeptAg/2017FMWorkshops/index.html.

  • Wichita - February 4 (held in conjunction with the KSRE Central Kansas Market Grower Workshop)
  • Olathe- February 10
  • Girard- February 11
  • Hays- February 17

The State Conference will be held in Manhattan, KS from March 16-17, 2017.

Contact Londa Nwadike, lnwadike@ksu.edu, for more information on the workshops and conference.

KSRE personnel are welcome to attend the state conference or regional workshops, and are encouraged to share the information on the workshops and conferences with any interested constituents. SARE is again generously offering scholarships to help cover registration and travel expenses for Extension personnel to attend either the regional workshops ($100 scholarships available) or the state conference ($200 scholarships available). Scholarships are also available for farmers market managers to attend the state conference ($200 scholarships) or for farmers market vendors to attend the regional workshops ($100 scholarships).

Contact Kerri Ebert, kebert@ksu.edu, to apply and for more information on the scholarships.

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

Key points for produce growers to help growers understand what the new rules mean to their operation.

Selling Food at Farmers Markets

Farmers MarketRegulations and food safety best practices for vendors and farmers market managers.This includes information from the Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

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Selling Food Products

Let the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab help you get your food business started on the right path! They will evaluate your food products, help you with labeling, and much more!