Resources . . .

USDA Resources . . .


The USDA was Founded in 1862 by President Lincoln to help farmers who needed good seeds and information to grow their crops. The USDA today does much more....

USDA Resources

United States Department of Agriculture - Website for the United States Department of Agriculture

USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) - CSREES advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities through national program leadership and federal assistance.

USDA/CFSAN Bad Bug Book - This handbook provides basic facts regarding foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. It brings together in one place information from the Food & Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health

USDA/FDA Foodborne Illness Education Information Center - The USDA/FDA Foodborne Illness Education Information Center provides information about foodborne illness prevention to educators, trainers, and organizations developing education and training materials for food workers and consumers.

National Food Safety Initiative - National Food Safety Programs

USDA's Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Website - The Food and Drug Administration has adopted a food safety program developed nearly 30 years ago for astronauts and is applying it to seafood and juice. The agency intends to eventually use it for much of the U.S. food supply. The program for the astronauts focuses on preventing hazards that could cause food-borne illnesses by applying science-based controls, from raw material to finished products. FDA's new system will do the same.

Food and Nutrition Information Center - The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) has been a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971. FNIC's web site provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel.

Quality Standards-Fresh Fruit and Vegetables - The USDA standards for vegetables, fruits and nuts.

Food Safety Index - Includes a list of selected Web sites that might be of interest to those in the food safety field.

Revised Action Plan for Control of Listeria monocytogenes for the Prevention of Foodborne Listeriosis - This paper provides an update on the action plan for enhanced control of Listeria monocytogenes and thereby for the prevention of foodborne listeriosis. It is intended to serve as a basis for gathering public input on FSIS current thinking.

Foodborne Disease Fact Sheet - This fact sheet describes five foodborne diseases caused by bacteria: Botulism, Campylobacteriosis, E. coli infection, Salmonellosis and Shigellosis.

Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal - Emerging Infectious Diseases is published monthly by the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

BSE [Mad Cow Disease] Information and Resources - Lists causes, recalls and regulations.

USDA Educational Resources - Food And Nutrition Service - FNS increases food security and reduces hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

USDA - Kids Pages -
Food Guide Pyramid for 2 to 6-year-olds
Science For Kids