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Welcome to our comprehensive resource hub on Food Safety and Proper Handling Procedures. Here, you’ll find essential information and tips to ensure safe food practices at every step, from shopping and storage to preparation and serving. Whether you’re a home cook, a food handler in a restaurant, or anyone interested in keeping food safe, our resources are designed to empower you with knowledge and best practices. Explore our articles, guides, and tools to enhance your understanding and confidence in food safety.


NC State Extension – Food Safety

NC State Extension – Food Storage

Certified Food Managers are an essential part of a food safety culture that keeps consumers safe from foodborne illnesses. Managers successfully completing the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Food Manager Certification exam meet the FDA Food Code 2017 requirement for a Certified Food Protection Manager. This certificate not only meets the same requirement in North Carolina but is also good throughout the United States for five years.

Safe Plates for Food Managers – is an evidence-based, interactive food safety training course developed by NC State University. This course prepares participants for a CFP-ANSI accredited Certified Food Protection Manager exam from Prometric.
The virtual format allows participants to go through content at their own pace with instructors available for questions and exam review in real time.
Learn more about the online course at Virtual Safe Plates for Food Managers.

Community Food Safety Resources
Food is central to communities and community events. Handling food safely at large events, in gardens and food pantries and at farmers’ markets can pose unique challenges. The NC State Extension Community Food Safety Resources site provides guidance for navigating these settings and scenarios.