Food Safety for Consumers

The fresh and pre-packaged food products we buy and consume every day represent the best, most nutritious and widely available food supply anywhere in the world. Here in the United States, domestic and imported food products go through careful inspections from various governmental agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Missouri Department of Agriculture, along with dedicated efforts by city and county public health agencies. These inspections are conducted at the many manufacturing and processing plants and warehouses, and at retail stores and restaurants nationwide. They serve the invaluable role of helping to protect all of us from food-borne illness.

However, as soon as food is purchased, it becomes the consumer’s responsibility to safely handle and prepare the food so that everyone who eats it continues to be protected. Though there are seemingly endless varieties of foods, preparation practices, eating customs, traditions, and habits, proper food safety practices can be effectively applied in any kitchen.

The information provided on this page is designed to inform and guide the consumer on ways to protect themselves and their family from a potential food-borne illness.

We at Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hope you find this information informative and useful. You may print and copy any of these documents for your and other’s use free of charge.

If you are interested in starting a food-related business, more helpful information can be found on the "Food Safety for Industry" page.