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Foodsafety.gov: ‘One-stop-shop’ Web site for food safety information

We’re happy to announce today the re-launch of the FoodSafety.gov website, a single place to find food safety information from across the government. Think of it as a kind of “one-stop-shop” offering everything you need to stay food-safe and healthy. The site, operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, includes information from the Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Food Safety and Inspection Service, National Institutes of Health and other government agencies and offices.

Among the things you can do on the new FoodSafety.gov website:

· See all food product recalls and alerts from all government agencies in one place (You can even grab a constantly updating alerts “widget” to put on any blog, website or personalized web “start” page.)

· Report a food problem,

· Ask questions of food safety experts,

· Get tips to help you make safe and healthy decisions at home, in the market, at school and in the workplace,

· Find expert information on preventing, recognizing and treating food-borne illnesses,

· Learn about the food inspection process · Find links to your state and local public health agencies,

· View videos, listen to podcasts, subscribe to e-mail alerts and RSS feeds, follow Twitter and use other multimedia to keep current on food safety topics, or

· Download educational materials for schools, community groups and public health agencies.

The new FoodSafety.gov site is an outgrowth of the Food Safety Working Group, an effort announced by President Barack Obama on March 14, 2009, designed to establish programs and procedures to ensure a safe food supply for the American people. One recommendation produced by the inter-agency group is to use new technologies, including FoodSafety.gov and emerging social media, to communicate critical food safety information to the public.

From the beginning, the process has included input from many interested parties. That outreach continues today. Have comments or suggestions about the new FoodSafety.gov Web site? Leave comments here on this blog.