Food Safety

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 48 million Americans become ill and 3,000 die as a result of eating food contaminated by harmful microbes.  Delaware Cooperative Extension provides educational programs to help growers, processors, supermarkets, food service operations, and consumers handle food in a manner to reduce foodborne illness.

  • Dine Safe – Basic food safety training for quantity food workers.
    • To schedule a Dine Safe program for 10 or more of your employees, please email or call contact Kathleen Splane at ksplane@udel.edu or 302-730-4000.
  • Food Safety for Entrepreneurs On Farm –This eight-hour program provides basic food safety information for individuals who considering developing and selling a product to the public. A required class for individuals seeking a Delaware Department of Agriculture on-farm food permit.
  • Food Safety for Entrepreneurs Cottage Industry – This six-hour training meets food safety training requirements by the state of Delaware for those who want to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare non-hazardous foods in their own home for sale.
  • Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) – Food safety program for produce growers.
  • Up for the Challenge of Don’t Bug Me Curriculum – is a hands-on program for 8-to 12-year-old youth. The five series of lessons cover the growth of bacteria; ways to reduce harmful microbes; the importance of good handwashing, controlling the temperature of the food, and preventing cross contamination; and how viruses invade the body.