Seasonally Spotlighted Topics - Food Safety - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Seasonally Spotlighted Topics

Seasonal food safety information for consumers that have been previously highlighted.


Food Thermometers
Refrigerator and Freezer Storge Chart
  • Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Chart
    This chart gives short, conservative storage times to protect you from food spoilage (what you risk in long refrigeration) and from taste loss (what happens when food is left too long in the freezer).


Cross Contamination
Slow Cooker Safety
  • Slow Cooker Safety
    A safe slow cooker, cooks slow enough for unattended cooking, yet fast enough to keep food out of the bacterial danger zone.


Coloring Eggs
  • Coloring Eggs
    Follow these food safety tips for coloring eggs and hiding them for an egg hunt.

Egg Safety
  • Egg Safety
    Eggs can be a part of a healthy diet. However, they are perishable just like raw meat, poultry, and fish. To be safe, they must be properly refrigerated and cooked.

Chicks and Ducklings
  • Chicks and Ducklings: Salmonella
    Those cute little chicks and ducklings can be a great attraction for children this time of year, but they can also be a source of illness, so it's important for those who handle them to take steps to prevent infection.


Home Made Ice Cream
Hand Hygiene
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash Your Hands!
    Hand hygiene is a term used to cover both hand washing using soap and water and cleaning hands with waterless or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.


Keeping food safe during buffets and picnics
Food Safety while boating, camping, and hiking


Stay healthy around pets, zoos and fairs
Grilling and BBQ Food Safety


Food Safety for Summertime
  • Food Safety for Summertime
    The number of people who get sick from food poisoning goes up in the summer. Be sure you and your family aren't among them.

Food Safety for Summertime
  • Waterborne Illness
    Waterborne illness is caused by recreational or drinking water contaminated by disease-causing microbes or pathogens. Of note, many waterborne pathogens can also be acquired by consuming contaminated food or beverages, from contact with animals or their environment, or through person-to-person spread.

Safe Grilling
  • Safe Grilling
    Fact sheet about handling food safely when grilling.


Home Canning
Home Canning
  • Home Canning
    Information on canning and other food preservation methods, food safety when preserving foods, and selling home-canned foods.


Packing safe lunches and leftovers
  • Packing Safe Lunches and Leftovers
    Perishable foods can cause illness when mishandled. Proper handling of the food and the leftovers is essential to ensure the food is safe for you to eat, get great tips for packing a meal for work or school and keeping it safe to prevent the risk of foodborne illness.

Make handwashing a healthy habit
Reporting Suspected Foodborne Illness
  • Reporting Suspected Foodborne Illness
    Please call the Minnesota Department of Health if you suspect you have a foodborne or waterborne illness. MDH will relay the necessary information to the appropriate local health authorities.


Norovirus Fact Sheet
  • Norovirus
    Fact sheet that answers common questions about norovirus.

Foodworker Illness Awareness
  • Foodworker Illness Awareness
    Workers who prepare food while experiencing diarrhea and/or vomiting are frequently linked to foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants and other retail food outlets. As a food manager or worker you have a responsibility to protect yourself and your guests from foodborne illness.


Turkey: Safe thawing and cooking
  • Preventing Foodborne Illness
    There is a lot you can do to handle and prepare your food safely. Learn what you can do to prepare, serve and store food safely.



buffet and cooking for groups
  • Cooking for Groups
    Consumer information about preparing and serving food for large groups. Information to help volunteers prepare and serve food safely for large groups such as family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings.

Norovirus Infection
  • Norovirus Infection
    Noroviruses are members of a group of viruses called caliciviruses also known previously as “Norwalk-like viruses.” Learn more about Norovirus, how to minimize your risk of acquiring norovirus infection, required reporting information, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, treatment and more.

Use proper cooking temperatures to ensure safe food

See also> Food Safety Factsheets for Businesses: Food Code Fact Sheets

Updated Wednesday, 03-May-2017 09:25:16 CDT