University of Maryland Extension

Food Safety

Checkout our featured Food Safety Website: How to Report a Foodborne Illness in Maryland 

Here in Baltimore County's Extension office, Shauna Henley, PhD received her PhD in biology, with a focus on consumer food safety issues.  She is also ServSafe Certified.  If you aren't sure if you're handling food in a manner to prevent foodborne illness please contact her. It is important that consumers practice safe food handling behaviors to protect themselves and others from preventable infection. 

Did you know?

In the US foodborne illness is estimated to cause 9.4 million domestically acquired episodes of foodborne illnesses each year, due to 31 major pathogens. Additionally, it is estimated that 55,961 hospitalizations and 1,351 deaths occur each year from foodborne illnesses. The economic burden of foodborne illness is estimated to be $77.7 billion dollars, which is spent towards health related costs and loss of productivity. 

Certain populations are more susceptible than others to foodborne illness. Vulnerable populations include children 5 years and younger, pregnant women, the immunosuppressed (e.g. persons living with AIDS or cancer), and adults 50 years and older.

For More information contact the University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore County, 410-887-8090.

Shauna Henley, PhD

Family & Consumer Sciences Educator

Twitter: @FoodSmartUME


Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2020. Web Accessibility

University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event or activity, please contact your local University of Maryland Extension Office.