Food Safety: General Information

Center for Science in the Public Interest


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Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): The public health agency of USDA, responsible for inspecting and ensuring the safety and proper labeling of our country’s meat, poultry, and egg products, and for providing consumers with information about food safety and foodborne illness

Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA): The division of FDA that promotes and protects public health by regulating both domestic and imported foods, overseeing labeling regulations, and evaluating new health claims and food additives.

Gateway to Government Food Safety Information: One-stop shopping for a lot of food safety information: this site answers questions about food safety, from cooking tips to biotechnology, and offers advice to consumers and industry alike. It also provides links to federal and state agencies, and to information on the National Food Safety Initiative.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A division of the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC tracks cases of foodborne illness, researches outbreaks, and provides information to the public.

President's Food Safety Working Group: Created in March 2009, President Barack Obama seeks advise on how to upgrade the U.S. food safety system. The Working Group is recommending a new, public health-focused approach to food safety based on three core principles: 1. prioritizing prevention; 2.strengthening surveillance and enforcement; and 3. improving response and recovery.

Ensuring Safe Food: From Production to Consumption: Following a study commissioned by Congress, the National Academy of Science issued this report in 1998 on the state of food safety in the United States, including their recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the food safety system.

S.T.O.P. - Safe Tables Our Priority: A non-profit organization composed of victims of foodborne illness, their friends and family members, and others concerned about the threat of foodborne illness.

Consumers Union: In addition to their Consumer Reports magazine, this nonprofit organization offers information through their website on a variety of issues, including many topics in food safety.

Environmental Working Group: Provides reports, articles, computer databases, and other Internet resources to nonprofit advocacy organizations and concerned individuals, on issues of food and environmental safety.