Safe Food Handling
It's important for people to understand how their behavior and activities contribute to the safety of food and how they can decrease the risk of foodborne illness, while also reducing food waste. Below are several resources for general food safety information and materials for use with WIC participants. Information specific to the WIC population can be found on the Food Safety for Children and Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women page.
It is important to know that foodborne illness can result in more than just a few unpleasant days of fever and tummy troubles. It can also result in long-term effects and can even be deadly.
Be Food Safe Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS
Brochure for the four core food safety practices.
Food Safety Fact Sheets Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS
Contains facts sheets on a variety of topics, including safe food handling; meat, poultry, and egg product preparation; at-risk populations; and foodborne illnesses. Additional materials for download can be found on their consumer education materials page.
Food Safety Materials Source: University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
Free hand washing posters, activity sheets and other materials; geared towards adults and children of all ages. Some materials available in Spanish.
Is It Done Yet? Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS
Brochure that reviews why and how to use a food thermometer as well as the four core food safety practices and signs of foodborne illness.
Safe Produce Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education
Downloadable consumer fact sheet that provides tips safe handling tips for fresh produce and fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices.
Go 40 or Below Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education
Provides brochures in English and Spanish on home food safety tips specifically for expecting mothers.
Wash Your Hands Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
Reviews when to wash your hands, the proper way to do so (with an accompanying video), and what to do if there is no soap and clean, running water. This site is also available in Spanish.
Fight BAC® Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education
Reviews the four core food safety practices (clean, separate, cook, and chill) with accompanying downloadable fact sheets and charts for cold storage and minimal internal temperature (for cooked foods).
FoodKeeper App Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS
This app provides proper food storage information to help consumers maximize foods' freshness and quality, and is available as a website as well as a mobile application for Android and Apple devices.
Ask USDA Source: Foodsafety.gov
Provides links to food safety experts (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and other resources for food safety questions. The service is also available in Spanish.