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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- FDA’s Food (Safety) Facts for Consumers. Dozens of fact sheets from the Food and Drug Administration.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foodborne illness prevention information from the CDC.
- Foodsafety.gov is your gateway to federal food safety information.
- Health and Safety Food safety information from the USDA.
Be food safe!