K-State Extension Food Safety
Proper Food Handling

Handling Food Safely at Home

Do you practice good food safety practices at home?  You can find information to make your next meal at home much safer in the following publications.

Start at the Store:  Prevent Foodborne Illness


Cooking for Groups

Group social functions usually center around a tasty meal.  Often times, these meals are provided and served by many people.  Food safety is important for these meals.  Here are some publications to help train volunteers to use good food safety practices.


Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria to food from other foods, cutting boards, utensils, etc., if they are not handled properly. This is especially true when handling raw meat, poultry, and seafood, so keep these foods and their juices away from already cooked or ready-to-eat foods and fresh produce. When handling foods, it is important to Be Smart, Keep Foods Apart -- Don't Cross-Contaminate.


One of the most important foodborne illness prevention practices is handwashing.  This practice can prevent many cases of cross-contamination which leads to foodborne illness.  Here are some tools to help remind consumers to wash their hands.

Mail Order Food Safety

All of us enjoy receiving gifts in the mail.  Food is a popular gift to give.  Some foods, however, are safer than others to send in the mail.  Refer to these tips to safely mail your next food package to those you love.