|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Food Safety Office|
|1600 Clifton Road NE, MS-D63|
|Atlanta, GA 30033|
|Phone: ||(404) 639-2213|
|Web Address: ||www.cdc.gov/foodsafety|
This Web site has general information on outbreak investigations, an overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) food safety programs and activities, and other educational resources. One of these resources is the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, known as FoodNet, which is sponsored by CDC and its Emerging Infections Program (EIP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FoodNet monitors food-borne diseases and helps public health officials better understand food-borne diseases in the United States.
|Fight Bac: Partnership for Food Safety Education|
|50 F Street NW|
|Suite 6th Floor|
|Washington, DC 20001|
|Phone: ||(202) 220-0651|
|Fax: ||(202) 220-0873|
|Web Address: ||www.fightbac.org|
The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) is a group that works with industry associations, consumer groups, the U.S. government, and professional societies in food science, nutrition, and health to educate the public about safe food handling. The organization offers a "Fight Bac" campaign that teaches the four steps—clean, separate, cook, and chill—that can reduce the risk of food-borne illness. The PFSE Web site contains food safety brochures, press releases, and other materials for educators and consumers. The site also provides tips on working within your community to promote food safety and has a special section for children.
|Home Food Safety|
|120 South Riverside Plaza|
|Chicago, IL 60606-6995|
|Phone: ||1-800-877-1600, extension 4793|
|Web Address: ||www.homefoodsafety.org|
This Web site, sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, provides information on how you can prepare food safely in your home. The Web site contains frequently asked questions, food safety tips, current news, and Spanish-language information.
|U.S. Department of Health and Human Services|
|200 Independence Avenue SW|
|Washington DC 20201|
|Phone: ||1-888-SAFE-FOOD (1-888-723-3366) for questions about food (except for meat, poultry, and eggs)|
1-888-674-6854 (USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, for questions about meat, poultry, and eggs)
(240) 276-9399 (FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, for questions about pet food)
|U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)|
|10903 New Hampshire Avenue|
|Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002|
|Phone: ||1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)|
|Web Address: ||www.fda.gov|
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA provides accurate, science-based information about medicines and foods and helps protect public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of:
- Human and veterinary drugs.
- Biological products.
- Medical devices.
- The U.S. food supply.
- Products that emit radiation.
|USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service|
|1400 Independence Avenue SW|
|Washington, DC 20250-3700|
|Phone: ||1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) meat and poultry hotline|
|Web Address: ||www.fsis.usda.gov and www.AskKaren.gov|
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service sees that the supply of meat, poultry, and egg products in the United States is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. Its Web site has extensive information on food safety, food preparation, food poisoning, and food labeling. It provides phone numbers and e-mail addresses to use to ask for information on food poisoning, food safety, and food safety education programs. The Web site also allows the public to ask questions through an interactive feature called "Ask Karen."