Food Safety for Consumers

Each year an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illness occur in the U.S.—the equivalent of one in six Americans. The resources on this page can help to keep you and your family safer from food poisoning.

This video highlights the importance of using the “Core Four” safe food-handling practices as you prepare for your big holiday meal— Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill.

TALKING TURKEY  Fresh or frozen? Stuffed or unstuffed? How do I safely use the leftovers? Get all of the information you need for a safe holiday feast here. 

BRILLIANT BUFFETS AND PARTY PLATTERS  A popular way to celebrate holidays or any party occasion is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of food service, where foods may be out for long periods leaves the door open for uninvited guests— bacteria that cause foodborne illness. These are some tips for a safe and brilliant buffet.

ENJOY A SAFE AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY MEAL  Tips to help you stage a safe and delicious holiday dinner from your kitchen.


Safe Food Handling
Cooking for Groups
Safe Home Food Preservation from UVM Extension 
Wash Hands and Surfaces Often
Food Allergies
Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures
Emergency Preparedness—Keeping Food Safe in an Emergency
Food Safety Basics from the US Department of Agriculture
Foodborne Illnesses
Vermont Foodborne Illness Information
FDA Food Facts for Consumers
Recall Information from the Food & Drug Administration
Recall Information from the USDA