Food Safety Tips

canning_foods07.jpg Every year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick form eating contaminated food. Here are some resources to help keep you and your family food-safe.

Food safety help is often only a phone call away.  If you have a question about meat, poultry, or egg products, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll free at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).The Hotline is open year-round Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT (educators are available to help in either English or Spanish). And for after-hours questions, there are recorded food safety messages available 24 hours a day. Send email questions to MPHotline.fsis@usda.gov. Ask Karen! (AskKaren.gov | PregunteleaKaren.gov ) is USDA’s automated response system that provides food safety information 24/7 and a live chat during Hotline hours. Mobile phone users can access m.askkaren.gov.

Other food safety resources. There are an abundance of resources to help you safely prepare and serve food.

Be food safe!