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Regulations and Licensing - Home Food Operations and Home Bakeries
State of Iowa regulations and licensing information related to food prepared at home and distributed to consumers. Guidelines focus on licensed home bakeries and unlicensed/unregulated home food operations.
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Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide
Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.

This replaces 4H 3023 - Inappropriate Food Exhibits For Iowa 4-H Fairs.
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Alimentos para las ferias de 4-H de Iowa. Guía de referencia rápida
Spanish version of Foods for Iowa 4-H Fairs - Quick Reference Guide.

Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method.
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Make Food Safety a Priority in Your School Garden
Research shows that a nutritious diet helps children learn better, and that kids are more likely to try and enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits if they helped grow them. School garden programs provide a unique opportunity for students to grow fresh vegetables, eat healthy food, and share their harvest with the rest of their school district by donating or selling it to the school cafeteria. To assure the food safety of the vegetables harvested from school gardens by students, schools should implement food safety protocols for their school garden activities.

This publication contains sample protocols for schools to use as they design best practices for their school gardens. These protocols are adapted from federal and state guidelines for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP).
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Top 13 vegetables to donate to food pantries
Many gardeners produce excess vegetables during the growing season. Some preserve their surplus vegetables for later use, while others give friends and neighbors the extras. Another option for using this excess produce could be a local food pantry. This publication discusses 13 vegetables that can be donated to food pantries and tips for growing and harvesting those vegetables.
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Make Food Safety a Priority at Your Farmers Market Booth
Keeping food safe while operating a booth during a farmers market is critical to the success of a commercial operation. This publication discusses the ways to keep food clean and safe as it moves from farm to farmers market.
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Make Food Safety a Priority for Your CSA
As more consumers use Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms for their fresh produce, keeping that food safe during harvest and storage is at the forefront of producer’s minds. This publication discusses how to keep food safe before, during and after delivery.
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A Guide to Sustainable Food Procurement for Retail Foodservices
Where and how food is grown or produced is of interest to consumers and retail foodservices; sustainable food production is a key part of this interest. The Guide to Sustainable Food Procurement addresses food purchases that have positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes. Organized into five sections, the Guide provides an overview about food purchasing and segments focused on four food commodities: fresh shell eggs, dairy, fresh produce, and meats. Each segment presents science-based background information about conventional and alternative production practices addressing food safety, environmental impact, social concerns, nutrition, animal welfare, and/or quality characteristics.
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Food Allergy Alert - What Restaurant Managers Need to Know to Train Staff
Allergic reactions to menu items are a growing concern for restaurant managers. This guide will help managers develop in-house training sessions for all staff members.
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Wash Your Hands
This color poster illustrates six ways to effectively wash your hands.
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5 Myths of Handwashing
Find out the truth behind five myths of effective handwashing, including is very hot water necessary.
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Food Safety Tips for Food Event Volunteers
Foodborne illness outbreaks can happen anywhere and can affect a large number of people. Follow these tips to avoid a foodborne illness outbreak.
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What's for Lunch? It's in the Bag
Gain ideas and know how for packing healthy lunches your child will want to eat. Contains tips for preparing and packing food safely as well as menu tips for lunch bag meals. Also includes research data on best methods to keep foods at safe temperatures.

A copy of PM 3026A - MyPlate Lunch Bag Ideas is also included with each.
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Una guía para la seguridad alimentaria para los empleados de vendedores de alimentos
2-page brochure in Spanish for retail foodservice employees focused on handwashing, temperature/time, and cleaning/sanitizing guidelines.
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Food Stand Operations - What You Need to Know - Safe Food
Selling a variety of food and beverages can be an effective fundraising activity, but only if no one gets sick. Find out what organizers and workers need to know before the event regarding regulations and food safety.
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Safe Food Is YOUR Job - Health and Hygiene Tips for Food Handlers
Outlines three actions for food handlers to take related to hand washing, staying home when sick, and wearing proper work attire.
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Preserve the Taste of Summer - Canning: Salsa
Salsa is a great addition to any party, snack or meal. Because of its many uses, it is a very popular canned product. Follow these tips to ensure a safe canned salsa.
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A Guide to Food Safety - Retail Foodservice Employees
This 2-page brochure is for retail foodservice employees focusing on handwashing, temperature/time, and cleaning/sanitizing guidelines.
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A Guide to Food Safety - School Foodservice Employees
This 2-page brochure is for school foodservice employees focusing on handwashing, temperature/time, and cleaning/sanitizing guidelines.
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A Guide to Food Safety - Assisted Living Employees
This 2-page brochure is for assisted living foodservice employees focusing on handwashing, temperature/time, and cleaning/sanitizing guidelines.
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Leafy Green Safe Handling Posters
Set of nine full-color, 11" x 17" posters, downloadable in a high resolution, print-ready pdf.

Available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Posters serve as reminders of the proper care and handling of fresh leafy greens in retail foodservices.
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Stop! Did You Wash Your Hands?
Washing your hands is a very important habit to develop.

This poster demonstrates its importance by showing the many diseases that can be prevented simply by washing your hands.
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Guide to Liquid Sanitizer Washes with Fruit and Vegetables
This publication is for growers looking for information about the best post-harvest sanitizing practices for fresh fruits and vegetables. It includes a comprehensive chart of five commonly used liquid sanitizers.
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Food Pantry Produce Donations - Grower Information
Donations from local fruit and vegetable growers are important to food pantries. This publication provides information to growers about safe on-farm food practices and information to food pantry workers about how to keep donated produce safe.
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I'm Gloving It!
Learn the basics of proper glove use in foodservice establishments.
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On-farm Food Safety: Cleaning and Sanitizing Guide
Suggested checklists, standard procedures, and schedules to document proper on-farm cleaning and sanitizing practices.
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When the Home Freezer Stops
Find tips for handling food when your home freezer stops. Includes tips on which foods are safe to refreeze and which foods are not.
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Employing People with Disabilities in Retail Foodservice Establishments -- What Managers Need to Know
Provides detailed information to help hospitality managers learn more about hiring people with disabilities and accommoations that might be required in the workplace.
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MyPlate Lunch Bag Ideas
Find great menu ideas to pack your child's lunch bag with MyPlate healthy foods. You'll find kid-friendly foods for fruits, veggies, protein, grains, and dairy. Also, find preparation and packing tips to keep foods at a safe temperature.
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Preserve the Taste of Summer - Canning: Meat, Poultry, Wild Game and Fish
A jar of home preserved meat is a delicious and convenient way to start a quick and easy meal. Canning meat, poultry, wild game, and fish must be done correctly to assure that food is safe to eat. Find guidelines and recipes to follow to achieve the best product.
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Nos Preparamos para el Día de la Carrera -- El Club Misterio
See what Captain Overalls, the safety crusader, suggests you do to safely and nutritiously fuel your engines for your best performance at school, at home, or anywhere. Find out how to calculate the calories you need to fuel your daily activities.
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Glove Use in Retail Foodservice Establishments -- What Managers Need to Know
Provides guidelines for using five types of gloves in a retail foodservice operation. Also includes teaching tips and an outline for a 30-minute in-service for staff.
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Thermometer Use in Retail Foodservice Establishments -- What Managers Need to Know
Provides detailed descriptions of common temperature-sensing tools plus tips on using them to help foodservice managers ensure food safety and quality.
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On-farm Food Safety: Food Handling Guide
Details of safe food handling habits related to health, hygiene, and handwashing for all farm workers.
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Maintaining Food Safety Through Quality
Food safety is a worldwide issue affecting millions of people who suffer from diseases caused by contaminated food. Policy makers are looking to enhanced quality management systems for tracing food back to its source. This report will give producers, researchers and consumers a summary of efforts by Iowa State University Extension in food safety, quality management systems and traceability of grain and livestock products.
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What Producers Should Know About Selling to Local Foodservice Markets
Farmers who want to sell their fresh produce will benefit from this checklist. It defines action steps to help protect their product, details to discuss with potential buyers, and suggestions for promoting their farm.
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What Retail Foodservices Should Know When Purchasing Local Produce Directly from Farmers
Buying fruits and vegetables from local growers assures fresh product and helps the local economy. This publication provides insights needed to ensure the safety of food served, offers three action steps, and lists many additional resources.
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Bottled Water -- Know the Facts
Learn the pros and cons of drinking bottled water, and tips for buying and storing.
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Starting a Home-Based Food Business in Iowa
Find the information you need to sell food products from your home. Includes Iowa licensing and inspection requirements. Also includes contact information for additional help. Full color, 4 page brochure.
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A Year of Food Safety Messages
Monthly food safety reminders are provided in this add-your-own dates calendar poster series intended for use by food service managers.
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SafeFood© Checklist for Complimentary Breakfast Service
Intended for businesses that offer complimentary breakfast service; questions will help managers evaluate their procedures and staff training related to safe food handling.
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Temperature Rules! Cooking for Food Service
This brightly colored poster gives minimum cooking temperatures and holding times for food service.
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Buying Local Foods for Retail Foodservices
Retail foodservice establishments who want to buy and serve food items from local producers will benefit from reviewing this summary of regulations and guidelines.
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Be Food Safe: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill
This poster series illustrates four important aspects of keeping food safe: clean, separate, cook, and chill.
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Food Safety Considerations When Choosing Assisted Living Facilities
Checklist of questions concerning food safety issues to help you evaluate foodservice operations in assisted living facilities, elder group homes, and adult daycare facilities.
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Looking at Assisted Living Facilities? Think about Food Safety
Asking these 32 questions will help you learn more about the assisted living facilities you visit. Includes resource list.
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Food Safety and Quality Assurance -- Leader's Manual
This leader’s guide will help you better understand the concepts of food safety and quality assurance and provide the resources to teach annual workshops for all youth enrolled in food production. Includes sections on record keeping, healthy production practices, care and handling, and feed and feed additives.
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On-farm Food Safety: Guide to Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
Learn how to develop a food safety plan on the farm that documents your risk reduction efforts.
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Food Safety and Quality Assurance -- Member's Manual
Learn how to produce the safest food possible (livestock, poultry, dairy). Intended for grades 4-12.
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