Food Safety

We provide educational resources and materials, including online certifications for Texas food handlers, to help both consumers and professionals follow the most up-to-date food safety best practices. Common topics include safe food handling, preparation, cooking, serving and storing.

Related Departments: Food Science & Technology, Nutrition

 

 

 

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Food Safety Education Program

The Food Safety Education Program aims to increase safe food handling practices at retail and consumer levels to reduce risk of food-borne illness.

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Food Safety

Publications

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The purpose of this handbook is to enhance learning activities related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of dairy foods.

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This publication is for food managers in the food-service industry to learn proper food safety practices.

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This publication is for food managers in the food-service industry to learn proper food safety practices.

Esta publicación está destinada a que los administradores de alimentos de la industria de servicios de alimentos aprendan las prácticas adecuadas de seguridad alimentaria.

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These proven beef quality practices are simply better methods of doing the same jobs you’re already doing.

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The Texas 4-H Family & Community Health Program provides a variety of resources and opportunities to learn about nutrition, interior design, consumer education and more.

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Better Living for Texans program provides research and evidence-based nutrition, health and wellness knowledge to empower individuals, families, and communities to make positive changes for healthier lives.

Courses

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Interested in selling food at a Texas farmers’ market? Need to know what permits are required? This one hour online course provides valuable information for potential vendors about the rules and regulations of Texas farmers’ markets.

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This food handlers certification course, accredited with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), will allow food service employees, cottage food business operators, or others to meet the requirement of having a food handler or food safety course. Participants will learn basic food safety practices for the preparation of food and can print a food handlers card.

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This course is designed to educate people who want to start a cottage food production operation out of their residence in Texas. Through this course, individuals will gain knowledge of the Texas Cottage Food Law and general rules and best practices for preparing food safely.

All Resources on Food Safety

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    This publication explains the provision of the Plant Variety Protection Act and its amendments. It focuses on the PVPA's application to small grain producers. (3 pages)

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    Freezing is one tool that everyone can use to stretch their food dollars. This publication will teach you how to freeze poultry for home use.

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    Food and drinks are often spoiled during storms and other disasters. After a power loss or a flood, each item needs to be checked to determine whether it is safe to eat or drink. Do not taste anything that is suspected to be spoiled. This publication also covers foods to throw away, what might be […]

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    El deterioro de alimentos y bebidas durante las tormentas y otros desastres es comun. Si ocurre un corte de energia o una inundacion, es necesario verificar cada alimento para determinar si resulta seguro consumirlo. No pruebe ningun alimento o bebida que crea que se ha echado a perder. Si no cuenta con suficiente agua para […]

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    Learn about the impact of the Texas Poultry Industry through this publication.

    Note: This is a paid downloadable publication.

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    Texans may sell certain foods prepared in their homes as long as they follow the regulations established by the state Health and Safety Code. This publication explains what types of foods may be sold, where they may be sold, and how they must be packaged and labeled. Gross sales may not exceed $50,000 annually, and […]

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    ?Como sabe si los alimentos refrigerados y congelados son seguros o no cuando no ha habido electricidad durante algun tiempo? ?Y que pasa con la seguridad de los alimentos enlatados? Las listas utiles explican lo que puede guardar, lo que puede volver a congelar y lo que debe desechar para evitar enfermedades. (2 paginas)

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    How do you know whether or not refrigerated and frozen foods are safe when the power has been out for some time? And what about the safety of canned foods? Helpful lists explain what you can save, what you can refreeze, and what must be thrown away to avoid illness. (2 pages)

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    This publication lists foods that are safe to eat without cooking or refrigeration. There is also a list of supplies you will need when gas and electrical service is unavailable. (1 page)

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    After a storm has knocked out utility services, cooking can be a problem or even hazardous if basic safety measures are not taken. This publication explains how to cook safely using charcoal or gas grills, camp stoves or wood fires. (1 pages)

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