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Food Safety, Nutrition, and COVID-19 Resources

Updated on March 23, 2020:Food Safety & COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

The following resources provide best practices for preparing for COVID-19 and managing risk for individuals at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores and farms. These resources are based on guidance and best practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO.) Check back frequently for updates to the guidance.

To stay up-to-date, check the following webpage:                         

 New Program Alert!


Have you ever second guessed yourself if food has gone bad, or wondered if your chicken is cooked enough? What about the old wives tale about putting hot food in a refrigerator? Come join Dr. Shauna Henley, and learn ways to improve your meals, no matter how long you have been preparing food. This 75-minute workshop will let you get your hands dirty and clean! Return home with the tools (give-a-ways for all participants), confidence, and knowledge to avoid a kitchen calamity.  Kitchen Kaizen is a new program offered by the University of Maryland Extension. Never be satisfied, because change (kai) is good (zen). 

This program is to keep everyday home cooks up-to-date on the latest science and techniques to best prevent unnecessary foodborne illness. Topics will include: 1) hand washing for the household; 2) calibrating a food thermometer; 3) myth busting washing produce, and not washing your chicken or other proteins; 4) refrigerator temperatures and what it means for food waste; 5) leftover longevity; 6) cleaning versus sanitizing; and 6) kitchen eye spy. 

Shauna specializes in consumer food safety, and has diligently crafted this program for several years. To her, food safety is all about informed decisions, and she wants to make sure that your household is equipped to make the best decisions with how food is handled at home for your loved ones.  

Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS)

Baltimore County Family & Consumer Sciences educators specialize in providing the community research-based information that is practical for everyday healthful living.  FCS educators offer programs, educational seminars, technical assistance, and are available to answer questions in the following areas:

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


Shauna Henley, PhD

Family & Consumer Sciences Educator

Want to learn more about nutrition, physical activity, and food preservation events going on in your community? Visit @FoodSmartUME on Twitter!

Lauren Williams, MPH

FSNE Project Leader/Nutrition Educator 



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