Families & Health

Food Safety

Food Safety Recommendations for Culinary Exhibits at West Virginia State Fairs and Festivals

West Virginia hosts many fairs and festivals during the year, particularly during the summer months. These recommendations are provided for home arts or food exhibit coordinators. These guidelines should also be useful for those planning to preserve foods, whether they plan to exhibit them or not.

Safe Barbecuing

bbq Outdoor grilling for friends and family can be a great summer activity if the proper safety measures are taken. Because of the dangers of harmful bacteria, proper cooking and preparation techniques must be observed. Learn to barbecue safely...

Packing a Cooler

cooler Now that summer is near, it’s time to gear up and head for the great outdoors. However, there are a few things to remember before packing a cooler for your car, boat or camper.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service have provided a packing a cooler.

Summer Foods

As temperatures rise, so can the risk of illness from improperly stored or cooked foods. Let WVU Extension Service, the USDA, and other government agencies guide you to a healthful and happy summer meal.

Tips for Travelers

spring_break_safety Do you have plans to jet set to a foreign country this summer? Before traveling, it is important to brush up on the health risks associated with your desired destination.
h3. Food safety during power outages eggs Power outages from winter weather can lead to dangerous food situations in your fridge or freezer. Check out WVU Extension Service's tips and instructions to keep your food safe....

Weather Emergencies and Food Safety FAQs

Floods, power outages, winter storms and fires can lead to harmful food conditions. Check out these FAQs from the USDA and WVU Extension Service.

Removing Odors from Refrigerators and Freezers

“When your fridge and freezer have been without power for days cleanup won’t likely be as easy as using soap and water,” said Monongalia County WVU Extension Agent Hannah Fincham. Instead, Fincham suggests following these guidelines from the USDA to safely remove odors from refrigerators and freezers.

Let’s Talk Turkey

turkey Holidays are a time for food and festivities. But, without proper preparation and safe serving, you might leave your guests with more than just memories. More than 76 million cases of foodborne diseases occur in the United States each year, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Follow these simple and easy tips for safely preparing your holiday meal...



West Virginia University Extension Food Safety and Preservation Specialist Litha Sivanandan has information for you to consider when eating and drinking abroad to limit your risk of illness.