Home Food Safety

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each year?

Food safety is a major public health priority. Foodborne illness is common and costly but can be prevented.

Online Courses (Currently being revised/updated)

  1. Farmers’ Market Consumer / Shoppers: What to Look For
    This online course is designed to help educate shoppers on what to look for at Farmers’ Markets. You will find shopping tips and handouts to make your shopping trip successful and safe.
  2. Cottage Food: What Consumers Should Know
    This online course addresses information a consumer needs to know, as well as questions to ask, to make informed decisions when purchasing food products from a Cottage Food Production Operation or Cottage Food Business.
  3. Understanding the Dates on Food Labels
    Dates are placed on food labels for a variety of reasons. This online course will help you learn the differences between dates often seen on products/packages at your local retail stores.

Farmers Market Resources

Cottage Food Production Resources

  • HB 970-Texas Cottage Food Law
  • Texas Cottage Food Law-FAQ
  • Texas Cottage Food Law Handout

Home Food Preservation

National Center for Home Food Preservation 

Disaster/Emergency Preparedness

Other Consumer Food Safety Resources

Additional Links

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