Retail Food Safety

The U.S. beef supply is the safest in the world thanks to the commitment of the entire supply chain to produce the safest beef possible for our consumers, including our own families.

Providing safe beef is a top priority for America’s cattle farmers and ranchers, but you also play an important role in food safety. We need your help to ensure that every serving of beef is safe. Refer to the resources on this page to offer shoppers the safest beef possible.

What You Can Do to Ensure Proper Food Safety

  • Require meat department staff to be knowledgeable on food safety best practices.
  • Utilize Beef Fast Facts and Beef Training Camp to train staff on food safety.
  • Make educational materials available to shoppers.
  • Wash hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before preparing food and after handling raw meat.
  • Use separate cutting boards, platters, trays and utensils for cooked and raw foods, and wash work surfaces and utensils thoroughly after handling raw meats to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Purchase all foods, including beef, from reputable suppliers.
  • Do not temperature abuse. The temperature danger zone is 41º to 135ºF. Keep hot foods hot above 135ºF and cold foods cold below 41ºF.
  • Always follow the safe food handling instructions on the Safe Food Handling Label.
  • Promote proper handling and cooking temperatures to your shoppers. For more food handling, cooking and storage tips visit

Refer to the toolbox to the right for all of the resources you need to provide the safest beef possible and share proper handling tips with your shoppers. 

Our Commitment to Food Safety

From farm to table, the beef industry has a long-standing commitment to providing the public with the safest food possible. This pledge is backed by research, application of safety best practices and public education.

In fact, beef farmers and ranchers have invested more than $28 million in ongoing beef safety research and programs since 1993. As a whole, the industry collectively spends more than $550 million each year on testing, interventions and other safety strategies.

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