Food safety, storage and preservation are all important for helping nutritious foods to last, lessen food waste, and prevent foodborne illness.
- How long are foods good for, and what’s up with expiration dates? USDA’s Foodkeeper app will tell you!
- Use Fight BAC! and wash your hands well and often to avoid spreading illness-causing germs.
- HDR’s Food Safety and Preservation page can help with safe home processing.
- For safe handling and recalls check out USDA, UW-Extension, and Foodsafety.gov.
- A cheat sheet on safe Food Temperatures and thermometer use, plus proper food storage guidelines.
- Safety on a budget: homemade cleaning products are less toxic, less expensive, and still effective.
Meat, Poultry, Eggs, and Seafood
For seafood, the DNR’s eating your catch – making healthy choices. Mercury and PCBs in local fish, an interactive, online query tool for inland waters, and two-minute videos in English, Español, and Hmoob. Fresh vs. frozen seafood? Check out the USDA’s Selecting and Serving It Safely
Food Safety in Emergencies & Natural Disasters
- The Power is Off, Is the Food Still Safe?
- Safely Using Produce from Flooded Gardens
- Storing Food for Short Term Emergencies
- Storing Water for Short Term Emergencies