Food Safety Resources for Adults

​​​Food Safety Tips for Parents with Young Children​

Anyone can get food poisoning, but babies and toddlers are at especially high risk and once they become infected, young children can have a hard time getting well. The good news is that food poisoning can be avoided with a few simple steps.​​

Food Safety Guides for People with Compromised Immune Systems

A series of six booklets tailored to help older adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women and people with cancer, diabetes or HIV/AIDS reduce their risk for foodborne illness.

Food Safety During Emergencies

The following resources provide guidance for how to plan for and keep your food safe in an emergency:

Take the Guesswork Out of Roasting a Turkey

Hints on roasting, buying, thawing turkey and storing leftovers. Developed by the USDA and Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Safe Venison Handling to Prevent Illness or Injury

Hunting is one of Wisconsin's favorite winter pasttimes, so make sure you are keeping your harvest safe and wholesome by following some easy handling and processing tips. 

Caring for Venison in Warm Weather 

When the air temperature is over 40° F, harmful bacteria capable of causing foodborne illness grow quickly. Learn tips to keep your harvest safe.

Cooking for Groups

Prepare and serve food safely for large groups such as family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings. Developed by the USDA and Food Safety and Inspection Service.

F​ood Allergy Ba​sics 

An estimated 32 million people in the U.S. suffer from a food allergy. Learn what symptoms to look for.

Four Simple Steps to Food Safety

Washing hands and surfaces often, avoiding cross-contamination, cooking to proper temperatures, and refrigerating promptly will help keep your food safe as possible. Developed by the USDA and Food and Drug Administration. Also available in Spanish.

Starting a Meat Business in Wisconsin

In order to obtain a license for a meat business, new processors must meet several standards, including implementing HACCP plans and meeting construction guidelines.

Use a Food Thermometer

Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of everyday foods - like hamburgers, pork chops, and chicken. Developed by the USDA and Food Safety and Inspection Service.​

Bottled Drinking Water

Every year we test a sample of bottled waters processed in Wisconsin to assure they meet state health standards. You can examine the results in this annual report.

Growing Fresh Market Salad Greens

Salad greens spoil quickly so growing your own fresh greens will ensure you are getting the best quality and best tasting salad possible.  Read this guide for hints on choosing the right plants and cultivating them for the highest yield.​

​Growing Fresh Market Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the second most popular vegetable in the United States and the most popular vegetable grown in American gardens. This guide contains tips to grow fresh tomatoes that taste better and are better quality than store-bought.