Food Safety

This page provides information on food safety issues relating to the farm and farm household. For food safety information relating to commercial operations, see Marketing/Value-Added Processing & Marketing.

Cornell University Food Safety Lab

Department of Food Science, Cornell University

The Food Safety Laboratory was established by the Department of Food Science as a biosecurity level 2 laboratory to facilitate research on foodborne pathogens. Since 1994, the laboratory has been under the direction of Kathryn Boor, associate professor of food processing microbiology. Current research activities focus on the genetics, pathogenesis, evolution, ecology, and physiology of foodborne bacterial pathogens, including Vibrio parahaemolyticus,Streptococcus agalactiaeListeria monocytogenes, and Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis. The mission of the Food Safety Laboratory is to facilitate basic and applied research on the microorganisms responsible for foodborne diseases and food spoilage. Results from these research programs are translated into practical applications through close interactions with extension programs in the Department of Food Science and in other departments.

Food Safety Begins on the Farm

Good Agricultural Practices, Cornell University

A book for farmers on food safety tips to practice from planting to post-harvest. Publication is in PDF format. If you would like to request a single copy of the materials, contact Lois at (607) 255-1428 or.

Kansas Food*A*Syst: A Food Safety Risk Management Guide for the Producer

Karen Penner, Ed., Kansas State University, 2001

Detailed guidebook to evaluate food safety risks in growing and processing foods for direct marketing to the public. Includes chapters on beef, poultry, produce, processing and transportation, and safe handling of food at open-air markets. Publication is in PDF format. To order a print copy, call (785) 532-5830.

Penn State Food Safety Home Page

Department of Food Science, Penn State University

Combines a user-friendly environment with a farm-to-fork approach for quick retrieval of food safety information pertaining to the entire food system. Unique to this site are two databases with over 1300 links to online food safety resources.

Vermont Apple Food Safety Checklist

University of Vermont Extension

Includes checklist and information on keeping apples healthy during pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest.

Gateway to Government Food Safety Information

National Food Safety Information Network is a gateway website that provides links to selected government food safety-related information. It includes news and safety alerts, consumer advice, a section for kids, teens, and educators, a place to report illnesses and product complaints, information about foodborn pathogens, industry assistance, national food safety programs, federal and state government agencies, and other topics.

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