Food Safety

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Handling, preparing and storing food safely is important to all Arkansans. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Foodborne illness effects 46 million Americans and results in 3,000 deaths per year. In addition, foodborne illnesses also cause billions of dollars in healthcare-related costs annually.

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.




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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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