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Updates on Avian Flu

FDA results indicate that the commercial milk supply is safe. The FDA continues to advise strongly against the consumption of raw milk or raw milk products.


Food Safety Recalls


A man and his two children wash their hands in the kitchen sink.

Wash Your Hands for Health

Washing your hands properly can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections.

Happy family in the kitchen having fun and cooking healthy food together at home.

Safe Ways to Handle and Clean Produce

It’s always important to rinse fresh fruits and vegetables before you eat them, but using bleach or detergents to clean fruits and vegetables can make you sick.

C. perfringens

Prevent Illness from C. perfringens

Clostridium perfringens bacteria are one of the most common causes of foodborne illness (food poisoning).

4 Simple Steps to Food Safety


Wash hands, utensils and surfaces often. Germs can spread and survive in many places.


Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods, so keep them separate.


Cook to the right temperature. Ensure that foods are cooked safely by always using a food thermometer.


Refrigerate promptly. Bacteria that cause food poisoning multiply quickest between 40°F and 140°F.