Food Safety and Labels
To help you make healthy food choices, the federal government posts dietary guidelines. Federal regulations also require many foods to identify fat content, fiber and nutrients on their labels.
Food safety in the home revolves around three main functions: food storage, food handling, and cooking. Most experts agree that practicing a few simple rules focused on cleaning, separating, and cooking can prevent most food-borne illness in the home. The storage and cooking temperatures of food are also important factors in keeping your food safe. Food needs to be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit to keep bacteria from growing. In addition, meats should be cooked to a safe temperature - 165 degrees Fahrenheit for poultry and 160 degrees Fahrenheit for beef. The website foodsafety.gov. is your gateway to government food safety information including publications you can download or request. You can also visit recalls.gov for the latest food safety alerts and recalls.
For more information, here are some additional resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- FDA's Food Information and Seafood Hotline 1-888-723-3366
- Partnership for Food Safety Education's online resource of Fight BAC! for food safety and safe food handling information
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
- USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-674-6854
- Foodsafety.gov is the gateway to food safety information and useful tips provided by federal government agencies.