As Americans, we enjoy the safest, most abundant, and one of the most economical food supplies in the world. That's not just opinion, but rather based on the results of the tests and inspections carried out every day by the food safety staff at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
No matter how much the food industry is regulated to ensure a safe food supply in the marketplace, you, the consumer, must properly store and prepare the food you buy so that it remains safe and you or your family do not contract food poisoning. VDACS and other authorities such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service (VCE) wish to share with you some food safety tips to help you and all consumers practice food safety and prevent foodborne illness.
And, we haven't forgotten our younger consumers either - Kids, check out our What's Cooking page for helpful information on how you also can become a safe food consumer!
Recommendations for safe food handling — from the market to the table to the refrigerator.
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