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Food can be a major cause of illness. Foodborne illness can come from food exposed to chemicals, contaminated by germs like bacteria and viruses, and from food sensitivities and allergies. People who have weaker immune systems (e.g., the elderly, infants, and people with immune systems already compromised by other illnesses) are at a higher risk. Even healthy people can get a foodborne illness that can be very serious, with effects that last a lifetime. 

Food safety is very important. We can help you be sure that all of the food you eat is kept as safe as possible.

If you want to learn more about food safety, we offer an in-class and online Food Handler Certification course as well as an online Food Safety for All course.

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Critical Temperatures

The leading cause of food-borne illness is time and temperature abuse. Temperature abuse of food occurs when food is left at temperatures that are above 4°C (40°F) and below 60°C (140°F). This temperature range is commonly called The Danger Zone. Below are the temperatures you should know.

Thawing Foods Safely

Do you thaw foods safely? Thawing of hazardous food at room temperature could lead to foodborne illness. One way to prevent foodborne illness is to control the temperature of food and to keep food out of the temperature danger zone.