There aren't many absolute rules in the culinary arts, but following safe food handling procedures is a must. Here's everything you need to know about food safety, what causes food to go bad and facts about food-borne bacteria and pathogens.
When Food Goes Bad
Food spoilage and food poisoning are caused by tiny organisms called bacteria. Find out what conditions bacteria need in order to thrive — and how to stop them in their tracks.
Food Temperature Danger Zone
The best defense against food-borne illness is stopping bacteria from growing — or at least slowing them down. We do that by keeping food out of the Food Temperature Danger Zone.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
There are many different types of food poisoning, and each one of them has its own unique symptoms. Here's a list of some of the most common food poisoning symptoms.
Ground Beef and Food Safety
These safety guidelines will give you tips on the best ways to handle, prepare and store hamburger and ground beef to minimize your chances of a food-related illness.
Chicken & Poultry Safety Tips
These safety and food handling guidelines will give you the scoop on preparing and storing chicken and poultry safely, including freezing and thawing tips and more.
Brown Bag Lunches and Food Safety
Bringing your lunch to work, or preparing lunches for your children to take to school, means food can go unrefrigerated for extended periods of time.
Find out how to keep food safe when you're brown-bagging it.
Cutting Boards and Food Safety
Cutting boards come in all shapes and sizes and are made of every type of material from wood and glass to plastic and acrylic. But which cutting boards are the best in terms of food safety?
Common Food-Borne Pathogens
Find out about the most common food-borne pathogens, where they come from, how they're commonly transmitted and what their symptoms are.
Slow Cookers and Food Safety
Slow cookers are a wonderful convenience, but anytime you're dealing with low temperatures over long time periods, food safety is a concern. These simple slow-cooker safety guidelines will help keep you and your family safe.
Hurricanes and Food Safety
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a loss of power before a severe weather event, and what you can do after a storm to keep your food safe.
Food Poisoning FAQ
Most cases of food poisoning are preventable through proper cooking and handling of food. Find out more about preventing food poisoning in your kitchen.
More About Food Safety:
- Take the Food Safety Quiz
- Choosing a Cutting Board
- Safe Grilling & Barbecuing
- Outdoor Food Safety Tips
- Keeping Your Cooler Cool