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What could be more personal than the food you eat? The issue of food safety is as close as your next meal. Yet it covers such widespread challenges as food recalls and imports, the state's booming food processing industry, organic growers and school lunch programs.

New to the world of food safety? Download the science of food safety infographic.

Learn more about both commercial and home food safety through the resources offered by UGA Extension. 

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UGA-affiliated sites

Center for Food Safety Engages in research for the maintenance and improvement of the microbiological safety of the world's food supply.

Food Safety and Preservation Family and Consumer Sciences' Extension information related to food safety and preservation.

Food Science Extension Outreach Program Provides the public and the food industry with unbiased, research-based food safety education.

CAES Hot Topics: Food Safety A collection of reports and news stories related to food safety.

Food Selection, Buying and Preparation Family and Consumer Sciences' Extension information related to selecting, buying, and preparing food.

UGA Department of Food Science and Technology Learn more about the food science and technology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Learn more about the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at UGA.

External sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tracking single cases of foodborne illness and investigating outbreaks are critical public health functions in which CDC is deeply involved.

FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of our nation's food supply.

Fight BAC! Food Safety Education Campaign A food-safety program presented by the Partnership for Food Safety Education, a non-profit organization that engages public and private sector partners in educating the public about the importance of safe food handling to good health.

Food Marketing Institute FMI provides leadership to retailers and wholesalers of food and consumer products, as well as to their supplier partners, by fostering their growth and promoting their role in feeding families and enriching the lives of their customers. is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

Georgia Division of Public Health DPH is the lead division entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population.

International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation The International Food Information Council Foundation provides food safety, nutrition, and healthful eating information to help you make good and safe food choices.

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

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  • Cold Facts Cold Facts Take care when preparing fresh berries for freezing or refrigeration to reduce contaminants Published: 09/22/22
  • Center for Food Safety Center for Food Safety UGA has one of the largest teams of food safety researchers of any university, and the work of these experts can be felt globally through their research and collaboration efforts. Published: 06/07/22
  • Canning Precautions Canning Precautions A recent death in Washington state was attributed to botulism, a toxin that is a byproduct of the heat-resistant spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum that likely originated from a home-canned food. Published: 05/27/22
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