Food Safety

Thanksgiving Dinner

In order to address the food safety needs of consumers on a day-to-day basis and in emergency situations the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service has County Extension Agents trained in food safety. Our agents can provide individuals and businesses with information about current food safety information. Contact your local county extension office for more information and classes

Food Safety for Happy Holidays!

The Holidays mean coming together and sharing meals. Be sure to keep your  celebrations happy ones by following simple food safety tips.


Thaw frozen turkey in the bottom shelf of your refrigerator in a rimmed baking sheet allowing 24 hours for every 4 lbs.


Refrigerator 40° F or lower, freezer 0° F or lower, cook turkey to 165° F minimum internal temperature and fruit/vegetable/grain dishes to 135° F.


Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before handling food & wash fruits and vegetables even when you plan to peel the skins.


Reheat leftovers to 165° F and eat within 3 to 4 days and gravy within 2 days.

More tips:

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Food Preservation

This link contains information on the various methods of home food preservation from drying to fermenting to canning.

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Food Handling

This link contains information about various methods of safely preparing and handling food.

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Emergency Preparedness

This link contains information of steps to take in emergencies to safely store and use food.

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Training Opportunities

This link contains information on training offered specific to food safety.

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