Food Safety

 

Ohio State University Extension Family & Consumer Sciences professionals offer a variety of food safety programming throughout the state.  The manner in which people handle and prepare food is a major reason why foodborne illness occurs.  People must alter their food handling behavior, but they must first have the knowledge and skills that are known to protect food from contamination with pathogens before they have the capacity to change their behavior.  Education provides the knowledge and skills Ohio citizens need to reduce incidence of foodborne illness and to reduce the impact on health care costs. 

Healthy People-Food Safety topics vary from county to county around the state, and include programs such as:

Food Safety Training & Certification

ServSafe® is a nationally recognized food safety training and certification program established by the National Restaurant Association.  The ServSafe® food safety training and certification program is recognized by more jurisdictions than any other food safety program.  Ohio State University Extension offers ServSafe® trainings across the state that fit every organization's needs, in a variety of training methods.  

Occasional Quantity Cooks

Occasional Quantity CooksOhio State University Extension provides training for Extension volunteers and employees who provide leadership to the preparation and/or service of food at sponsored events. Contact Linnette Goard goard.1@osu.edu, Field Specialist, Food Safety, Selection and Management, for more information.

Occasional Quantity Cooks training materials are designed to raise your awareness and increase your knowledge regarding food safety. 

Home Food Preservation

 

Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season's bounty by learning more about home-preserving fruits and vegetables. Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences home food preservation workshop focus on teaching the basics of home canning and preservation. We emphasize the science behind preservationso than everyone who cans or freezes fresh fruits and vegetables understands why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high-quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.
 
Home Food Preservation educational offerings typcially address:
  • Basic food safety principles.
  • How to use a water bath canner and a pressure canner.
  • Canning tomatoes, pickling, and making jams and jellies.
  • Freezing fruits and vegetables.
  • Accessing reliable research-backed resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, OSU Extension, and others.