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Image courtesy of Nebraska Beef Council

Food Safety During an Emergency

If any type of unexpected emergency strikes your community, you may not have access to fresh food, water or electricity for days, maybe weeks. This page will provide you with useful information so you can be prepared when an emergency strikes, and know how to keep your food safe during and after an emergency.

Safe Food Storage

Proper food storage helps maintain food quality by retaining flavor, color, texture and nutrients, while reducing the chance of contracting a foodborne illness. Learn about how food spoils, how to store perishable, semi-perishable and staple foods, and their expected storage life.

Safe Food Preparation and Handling at Home

Whether buying food at supermarkets or grocery stores, from farmer's markets, or raising your own food, it is important that safe handling procedures be followed. 

Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning)

Keep family members safe and prevent foodborne illness. Learn more about the microorganisms which cause foodborne illness, symptoms and prevention.


Safe food handling practices training, publications and materials for professionals and consumers.

Food Safety App

4 Day Throw Away red graphicAn application available for Apple devices -- iPhone and iPod touch -- helps protect consumers from bad leftovers. The "4-Day Throw Away" application, available now from the App Store, is an extension of the 4-Day Throw Away campaign , which educates consumers about the dangers of foodborne illnesses and the four-day guideline for eating, freezing or throwing away leftovers. Read more about the App and the Campaign.

Toll-free Food Safety Hotlines and Contact Info