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UGA Extension helps consumers make confident and informed food selection and preparation decisions based on food science and manufacturing practices. Your food selection should consider information about nutrition, food quality, composition and safety, food costs, production methods and processing technologies.

Our Programs and Services

  • Better Process Control School Four-day food safety training course.
  • HACCP Certification Short Course for Meat & Poultry Certification meets the USDA's training requirements and teaches Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point principles.
  • Nutrition Facts Panel Need a nutrition facts panel for your food product label?
  • Process Approval for Food Products Obtain a letter of process approval for your food product.
  • Product Classification Testing to determine whether your product should be classified as an acid or acidified food product.
  • Starting a New Food Business in Georgia Starting a New Food Business in Georgia is a two-day workshop for food entrepreneurs taught by UGA Extension specialists, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and FDA personnel. The program provides participants a solid background on the federal and state regulations for operating a food business, what you should know about safe processing and product testing, and an opportunity to talk with other specialty food business entrepreneurs.

Recent Publications


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 Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FoodPIC) FoodPIC assists companies in developing new food products efficiently and economically. The center facilitates commercialization of food products by providing intellectual resources and physical facilities for both start-up ventures and existing food companies.

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.

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. is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

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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