Food Safety for You
Welcome to Extension Food Safety at Kansas State University. We are a leading institution in the area of food safety in teaching, research, and extension. The goals of this program include educating consumers on safe food handling with food preparation, food preservation, food service and more. Many topics are highlighted on this site to help you learn how to safely handle food from the farm to your table.
Hot Off the Press!
September is National Food Safety Education Month and National Family Meals Month
Food safety is important every day! In September, food safety education is emphasize the preparation of safe and healthy family meals.
Multiple studies show that home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Preparing healthy and safe meals at home is made easy with new resources from the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education and the Food Marketing Institute Foundation.
To mark September, which is both National Food Safety Education Month and National Family Meals Month™, PFSE has released four easy recipes that include food safety instructions and will support families in preparing family meals at home.
According to the Food Marketing Institute Foundation, there are many benefits to families in making and sharing meals at home:
- The more meals families share, the better their nutrition.
- Kids and teens who eat meals with their families 4+ times per week earn better test scores and succeed in school.
- Frequent family meals increase self-esteem, sense of wellbeing, positive social behaviors and stronger family connections.
- The more families share meals the less likely their kids are to drink alcohol, smoke or use marijuana.
Helping someone in need to get through a tough time in life is a noble gesture. But donating unsafe food doesn't help them out. Donations of safe and healthy food by food retailers and consumers to entities such as food pantries and soup kitchens can help provide food to hungry families and also reduce food waste. Learn more about donating food in the link above.
Food Safety Kansas
The Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Department of Health & Environment just launched "Food Safety Kansas" at www.foodsafetykansas.org/. Here you can report an illness caused by a restaurant, food item, or from an event. You can also report a problem with a restaurant that did NOT cause an illness.
Regulations and food safety best practices for vendors and farmers market managers.This includes information from the Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.