Food Safety

Ensuring the safety of Missouri’s agricultural products, from grains to milk to fresh produce to meat, is a top priority. Each of the Department’s five divisions works to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy a safe, wholesome and affordable food supply, as a healthy food system begins on the farm and ends with healthy communities. From the Animal Health Division to Plant Industries to Agriculture Business Development, the Missouri Department of Agriculture is focusing on the safety of our food, working to raise awareness and strengthen food safety efforts among producers, processors and consumers.

What does food safety mean?
Food safety means producing, processing and preparing all foods in ways to prevent food borne illness and disease. From pet foods to fresh produce, the Missouri Department of Agriculture takes food safety very seriously and is working to help everyone affected by food safety learn more.

How is the Missouri Department of Agriculture involved in food safety?
Missouri’s agricultural products, from raw ingredients to finished products ready for consumption, are key to food safety. The Missouri Department of Agriculture uses many tools, from outreach and training to inspections and regulations, to ensure that food is safe and wholesome.

Want to learn more?
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service and federal agencies also offer great food safety resources.