About the Food Safety Project

Iowa State University Extension believes that resources are needed for consumers, foodservice operators, students and educators to access research-based, unbiased information on food safety and quality. To meet that need, the Food Safety Project web site was developed in 1995 by Iowa State University Extension Specialists from the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN), Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management (HRIM), and Veterinary Medicine. The goal of the Food Safety Project is to:

Develop educational materials that give the public the tools they need to minimize their risk of foodborne illness and disseminate food safety information.

The site is maintained by HRIM and FSHN Extension Specialists to provide information food safety information to consumers, foodservice managers and employees, and other site visitors on safe food handling practices. This award-winning site regularly receives 400,000 visitors with more than 1.2 million page views each year.

This site is part of consumer and foodservice outreach activities of Iowa State University Extension. Funds for the creation and maintenance of this site are provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture through funding to the Food Safety Consortium (based at the University of Arkansas) with grant to Iowa State University ("Food Safety and Quality, Iowa Plan") and with support from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Food Safety Tip of the Day

Handwashing is essential

Int'l Food Safety Icons - handwashing

The most commonly used utensil in food production is the preparer's hands, which is why proper and timely handwashing is essential to preventing foodborne illness. Hands should be washed before preparing food; after taking a break; after using the restroom; after sneezing, coughing or using a tissue; after touching any part of the body; and before putting on single-use gloves.

Source: Iowa State University Extension


Foodborne Pathogen of the Day

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