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Food Safety for You

Welcome Ask an Expertto 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.

Have a food safety question? Ask an Expert is here for you! Kansas State University faculty and staff will get you question and respond as soon as we can.

Hot Off the Press

Food Safety Documentation for Small-Scale Food Processors in KS and MO

FREE webinar- Tuesday, July 21; noon- 1:30PM CST

If you are a small-scale food producer/processor, there is required documentation you will need to complete to be compliant with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This includes documentation of your size exemption as a "qualified facility" and various food safety programs. This workshop is intended for small (< $1 million in sales/year) food entrepreneurs and small food businesses, farmers market managers, and directors of shared-use kitchens. This webinar is an opportunity for processors to develop their food safety plans and records with coaching from instructors. Participants are encouraged to bring questions about their existing documentation, if they have it. Attendees should leave with completed or nearly completed food safety documentation for size exemptions, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and next steps for Preventive Control Plans or Scheduled Processes, as relevant.

Please register in advance for this free webinar here: https://ksu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcuyhpz4oG9zMxxtMZd7orraBO4W5Ta0c

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


The following Food Safety and COVID-19 website is a resource for food safety information. It will be updated frequently. 



New Publications!

Working Together to Reduce Food Waste

The USDA estimates that 30 to 40% of edible food is wasted in the U.S. For a family of four, that is an estimated $1,500 per year. Learn how you can reduce food waste in this new publication.

MF3482 - June 2020

Selling Produce in Kansas: Licensing Requirements

This new fact sheet provides information on regulations for selling produce in Kansas. Because of the risk of foodborne illness, there are state a federal regulations in place to help ensure the safe to produce sold in Kansas.

MF3478 - December 2019

Food Handling Guidelines for Exempt Food Vendors

Many events involve handling food for immediate consumption such as farmers markets, 4-H food stands, local athletic events, fairs, festivals, and more. Safe food handling is important for a successful event!

MF3472 - December 2019

Alternative Protein Sources

This fact sheet is intended to provide some information about novel protein sources to help inform consumers about these products.

MF3476 - January 2020

ServSafe classes scheduled

ServSafeIn cooperation with the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association, we offer ServSafe training classes across Kansas. For the complete list of classes for managers and food handlers, see our ServSafe website with lists of dates and locations. Check back often as more classes may be added throughout the year.


Selling Food at Farmers Markets and Direct to Consumers - Updated January 2020

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

Now available in Spanish!

Food Safety Kansas

Report an illness caused by a restaurant, food item, or from an event at "Food Safety Kansas" at www.foodsafetykansas.org/. You can also report a problem with a restaurant that did NOT cause an illness.