Use these resources to expand your knowledge about specific topics related to produce safety.
USDA Foods General Recommendations: Handwashing, Cleaning, and Disinfecting for Household Program Operators
These handouts provide general recommendations on handwashing, cleaning, and disinfecting, to operators of USDA Foods household programs including CSFP, TEFAP, and FDPIR.
A set of three handouts on best practices to help you safely handle and store USDA foods at home.
This document provides an overview of basic food safety enforcement terminology used by FSIS that may impact school distributing agencies, school food authorities, and processors of USDA-regulated foods, including meat, poultry, and egg products.
This resource provides a checklist of the communication responsibilities related to recalls of USDA Foods before, during and after a recall.
Schools are required to obtain two school food safety inspections per school year. State agencies that administer the school meal programs are required to report the number of inspections obtained by their schools.
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Use these sheets to learn detailed, commodity specific information about produce
Analyses of the Contributing Factors Associated With Foodborne Outbreaks in School Settings (2000–2010)
The purpose of the authors’ study was to examine the role of contributing factors in school foodborne outbreaks. Contamination factors accounted for the greatest proportion (49.2%) of outbreaks involving some level of food handling interaction by a school food service worker, followed by proliferation (34.9%) and survival factors (15.9%). Over 56% of all illnesses were associated with norovirus and food service worker practices.
The Action Guide is intended to help you coordinate all aspects of food safety to create a culture of food safety. Think of it as an umbrella that covers many important areas of food safety that need to be considered when serving food in schools. The Action Guide identifies Federal food safety requirements that schools are required to meet, as well as other important areas that should be addressed to have a top-notch food safety program. The Action Guide also identifies the roles that others (e.g., teachers, parents, school nurses) in the school community play in the school’s food safety efforts.