K-State Extension Food Safety

Food Safety>PlateWelcome 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.

In the News
A Reality Check for Farmers Marktets
Vendors at local farmers markets are not immune to food safety issues. In some cases the safety of those foods is less than the same foods in stores. In fact, foodborne illness outbreaks from farmers markets are more common than you may think.
Allergies to Legume Lupin
What is “lupin” and why should you care?
The answers to those two questions could have an important impact on your health, or the health of someone in your family.
Processing Errors Lead to Botulism
An unfortunate mistake that is a reminder to all food processors, large and small, and for consumers canning foods at home. There are important food safety reasons to use up-to-date canning methods to preserve food safely. Be smart! Make that choice to can food safely!
Food Product Dating
Are you confused about what dates on food packages mean? Here's some information to help you "decode" those code dates.

KSRE Food and Fitness Blog
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Norovirus in #1
Norovirus is now the leading cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. Infected food workers in food service facilities are the source of 70 percent of all illnesses from norovirus. Contaminated food or close contact with a person who is carrying the norovirus can spread this disease easily.
The Dangers of Drinking Raw Milk are Real
milkThe risks of consuming raw milk or other dairy products made from raw milk are high. Yet, some consumers feel getting "back to nature" by consuming these products are making them healthier. However, severe health risks can occur and sometimes lead to death.
From 2007 to 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 81 percent of outbreaks from raw milk sales occurred in states where it is legal to sell raw milk. Of these, 59 percent involved at least one person below five years of age. For every outbreak and illness reported, many others occur that are never reported.
Most outbreaks were caused by Campylobacter, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or Salmonella bacteria.
Food Safety Professional Development

Are you interested in advancing your education in Food Science or maybe getting a degree in Public Health?  How about just learning about food preservation or other food safety topics?  Here are some ideas to help you further your education.

Test Your Food Safety Knowledge!

Food Safety Game

This game is designed to enhance your food safety education.  The game is based on a popular game shw.  This Powerpoint file can be downloaded to your computer.  Have fun!

(updated and revised July 2009)

The Importance of Food Safety
Shugart Lecture Series


"The Economics and Emotional Burden of Foodborne Illness"
April 19, 2007
Presented by Barbara Kowalcyk

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