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Nutrition and Food Safety

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

A publication offered by USDA can help you determine if your food is safe after a power outage. Kansas weather can cause a power outage throughout the year, so it is important to know what to do with your food to keep you and the family safe. Click HERE to download the article.

Avoid Foodborne Illness

Food poisoning or foodborne illness is probably more common than you think.

Health experts estimate more than 33 million cases may occur in the U.S. every year. Many cases of foodborne illness are not reported, but most occur in a home setting.

Good hand washing habits can help keep you and your family healthy.

  • Use soap and warm running water
  • Wash your hands, fingers, and wrists for 20 seconds
  • Rinse well
  • Dry your hand with a paper towel

Looking for more food related information? the K-State Rapid Response Center website has tips on food preservation, food preparation, frequently asked questions and more!

Food Storage Guide

Answers the question... How long can I store it before its quality deteriorates or it's no longer safe to eat? You'll find the answers in the following 16 page publication:

Food Storage Guide - NDSU Extension Service

Is This Food Safe?

Perishable foods can last a limited amount of time in the refrigerator during a power outage. During an emergency, such as a power outage, it is important to know food safety guidelines that will keep your family safe.  Download the Perishable Food and Power Outages chart to know what foods to keep and what foods to dispose of after a power outage.