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. This month’s highlight – those winter holidays which have family and friends gathering for meals and fellowship.

It’s important to remember that 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 Ask Karen! ( | ) 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

Other holiday food safety resources. There are an abundance of resources to help you safely prepare and serve a holiday meal. There are also resources on sending food items to friends and family, and what do to with leftovers!

Happy holidays!