Consumer Health & Safety

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When purchasing and enjoying local, fresh food you as consumers must remember to be safe and healthy whether growing local foods is your main enterprise or a hobby, if you are purchasing local foods for the first time, or are a long-standing customer. This includes (1) choosing where to buy locally (2) choosing what to buy locally (3) storing food and (4) preparing food. Often, if you are purchasing direct from the producer (farmer or rancher) you can ask them the best safe-practice ways to store and prepare their products - as they are the experts! If you are purchasing locally from a grocery store, ask the manager of the meat/fruit/vegetable/etc. department.

Cooking-Food Safety & Nutrition

Buy Fresh Buy Local® Nebraska would like our sports fans to support our Nebraska farmers by purchasing and enjoying locally grown food at your tailgate parties..but most importantly we at Buy Fresh Buy Local® Nebraska hope you to have a safe and healthy tailgate event. Here are some tips on Tailgating Food Safety.

Kitchen Companion-Your Safe Food Handbook: This food safety handbook contains all the basic information
you need to know about food safety . . . some old, some new . . .and all in one place.what counts

What Counts as a Serving?: Guide to serving sizes for the six food groups.

Food Safety.  Know how. Know now. Learn more about food safety and nutrition while cooking, canning, preserving and serving food.

Canning, Freezing and Drying Produce Resources. Learn the proper way to can,  freeze, and dry produce to eliminate health risk and keep better food.

Fruit & Vegetable Educational Factsheets. Set of 30 fruit and vegetable fact sheets with information about: nutrition, uses, description, varieties, where first cultivated and whether they are grown in Nebraska. Color versions are color-coded to the five color groups (black & white versions could be printed on colored paper).

National Center for Home Food Preservation?. Your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods.

Partnership for Food Safety Education The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) is a not-for-profit organization that unites industry associations, professional societies in food science, nutrition and health, consumer groups, and the U.S. government to educate the public about safe food handling.

Food Safety & Consumer Protection USDA Contact: 402-471-3422

Buying & Preparing

The Garden Grocery: Food Safety & Selection at the Farmers—™ Market
Includes food safety tips specific to farmers-™ markets. Download a PowerPoint® of these materials.

For more in-depth information within this UNL Food site:
Food Safety Information for Storage, Preparation and Handling, Foodborne Illness, Recalls, Food Safety Training

Selection of Food

The Garden Grocery. Food Safety & Selection at the Farmers Market

Food Safety for the Kids

A Fun, Creative and Interactive Game About Food Safety!
Sit down and enjoy an interactive game while learning about the importance of healthy food and the steps of food safety!

A Fun, Creative and Interactive Food Wheel-The 6 Steps of Food Safety!
An easy way to teach kids the important steps of food preparation, cooking and safety!

Farmers' Market Coloring Book!
A fun easy-to-read coloring book detailing the importance of agriculture and farmers' markets!

Choose Your Plate. gov

The new way to choose the healthiest plate for each individual that includes the five areas of the original food pyramid. One way to fill your plate with healthy food is to buy locally! Local food is fresh, healthy and non-processed; start filling your plate now!

"Choose MyPlate" Update from Alice Henneman, MS, RD UNL Extension Educator


Additional Resources

Produce Safety (Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
Buyers' tips and guidelines for selecting and handling fresh produce - many apply to local foods.

Food Your gateway to federal food safety information.

Six Steps to Safer Fruits and Vegetables (Source: -“ a partnership of industry associations, consumer and public health groups and government departments.)
Tips for handling fresh produce.