Food Safety for You
Welcome 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.
Hot Off the Press!
National Outbreak Reporting System
Looking for information on disease outbreaks? The CDC has a new system to track a variety of outbreaks across the country and by state. Learn more at https://wwwn.cdc.gov/norsdashboard/.
The Problem with Raw Flour
Do you find it hard to resist gobbling up a piece of raw dough when making cookies, or letting your children scrape the bowl? Do your kids use raw dough to make ornaments or homemade "play" clay? Do you eat at family restaurants that give kids raw dough to play with while you're waiting for the food?
If your answer to any of those questions is yes, that could be a problem. Eating raw dough or batter—whether it's for bread, cookies, pizza or tortillas—could make you, and your kids, sick.
- Say No to Raw Dough! - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Could Make You Sick - Food and Drug Administration
- Flour Safety Basics
- Flour Food Safety Video - North American Millers Association
- Baking Food Safety 101 - Home Baking Association
- Homemade playdough - Iowa State University
Helping someone in need to get through a tough time in life is a noble gesture. But donating unsafe food doesn't help them out. Donations of safe and healthy food by food retailers and consumers to entities such as food pantries and soup kitchens can help provide food to hungry families and also reduce food waste. Learn more about donating food in the link above.
Food Safety Kansas
The Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Department of Health & Environment just launched "Food Safety Kansas" at www.foodsafetykansas.org/. Here you can report an illness caused by a restaurant, food item, or from an event. You can also report a problem with a restaurant that did NOT cause an illness.
Regulations 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.