Food Safety

Children seeing, touching, and tasting produce

Agricultural Research Service

February 2019

This research evaluated factors affecting survival durations of E. coli in soils amended with manure to determine if the current Food and Drug Administration ‘no objection’ position on a 90 or 120-day interval between application of untreated manure and harvest of crops is adequate to avoid transfer of pathogens to crops.  

Food Standards Agency

August 2018

The social science team at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) led research on young people with food allergies and intolerances to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges young people face living with their condition. The research was supported by Allergy UK and Anaphylaxis Campaign, who allowed us to contact their membership providing our targeted sample base.

USDA. NAL. Healthy School Meals Resource System.

Contains resources related to developing and managing HACCP-based school food safety programs.


November 2018

This report includes the background, design, and results of data collection on the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors in the United States in restaurant settings during 2013-2014. It is a stand-alone report representing the first data collection period of the FDA’s current 10-year study on trends in the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors, food safety behaviors/practices, and interventions in food service facilities. Data from the 2013-2014 collection will be used as a baseline to assess trends in the occurrence of risk factors during data collections, in 2017 and 2021. Additional data collections in 2015, 2019, and 2023 investigate similar retail food safety research questions in institutional food service settings and retail food stores. 


October 22, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency, or we) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled ‘‘Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.’’ The draft guidance, when finalized, will provide FDA’s current thinking and recommendations to help covered farms comply with the final regulation entitled ‘‘Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption’’ (Produce Safety Rule), which established science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce grown for human consumption