Consumer Food Safety At Home

Each year millions of people get sick from food illnesses which can cause you to feel like you have the flu. Food illnesses can also cause serious health problems, even death. There are helpful resources to help keep individuals and their families safe.

Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illness is a common, costly—yet preventable—public health problem. Consumers can protect themselves by following these four steps:

  1. Clean – Wash your hands and utensils before preparing foods and after handling raw meats, poultry and eggs.
  2. Separate – keep raw meats, poultry and eggs separate from vegetables or other foods that will not be cooked
  3. Cook – foods fully and check temperature using a thermometer.
  4. Chill – leftovers and take out foods within 2 hours. Keep your refrigerator at below 41oF.

Food Safety Resources for Home Cooking

Cooking for the holidays?

Cooking for the holidays?

Keep your favorite holiday foods fresh and safe! Learn more.

Safer Celebrations During COVID-19

As you plan for the holidays this year, please remember to keep gatherings small and wear a mask when around others from outside of your household. For resources about safer celebrations during COVID-19, please visit see the Events and Gatherings page.

Charitable Giving & Food Donation

If you're considering donating food to local, charitable organizations, thank you. Your contributions help our community members immeasurably. But before you donate, consider these guidelines first.

Download the Hunger Relief Guidelines flyer.