Listeria Monocytogenes Control Guidance

Control of Listeria Monocytogenes for the US Dairy Industry

Guidance on Environmental monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry

FSIS Best Practices Guidance for Controlling Listeria Monocytogenes in Retail Delis

Guidance for Industry: Control of Listeria Monocytogenes in Refrigerated or Frozen RTE Foods

NWFPA Listeria Control Checklist for Frozen Vegetable Operations



FSMA Resources

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance

Produce Safety Alliance

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)








Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC)


Biosecurity for Poultry Processors

Produce Safety

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA)

WSDA GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Audit

USDA GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GHP (Good Handling Practices)

FDA at a Glance: Final Rule on Produce Safety

The Art and Science of Composting, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Washington State Food Emergency Response Resource Guide

Food Emergency Response Plan (FERP), version 1.2, Effective August 2020

Food Emergency Response Resource Guide (FERRG), version 2, Effective February 2021


Washington State Food Safety Contacts

Local Health Departments

Washington State Department of Agriculture, Food Safety & Consumer Services Division

Washington State Department of Health, Food Safety

FDA Office of Human and Animal Food Operations (OHAFO) Field Offices

USDA/FSIS Office Locations



Foodborne Illness


If you live in Washington State are experiencing foodborne illness symptoms, contact your local county health agency and your physician.

Be prepared to provide your local county health agency with the following information for all persons affected:

  • Name, address, and phone number of the physician consulted.
  • General symptoms, including the day and time symptoms occurred
  • A history of all foods and beverages consumed, beginning 72 hours before the onset of symptoms, including date and time.

Causes and symptoms of foodborne illness

FDA Bag Bug Book

Center for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC)

CIFOR (Council to Improve Food Borne Outbreak Response)

Recall Resources

FDA 101: Product Recalls

FDA: Industry Guidance, Information on Recalls

FDA: Recalls, Market Withdrawls and Safety Alerts

FDA: Reportable Food Registry (RFR)

Washington State Department of Health: Food Recalls

WSDA-Food Product Recalls

WSDA-Sample Recall Plan Template

WSDA-Sample Recall Distribution Template

The Food Recall Manual

USDA:How to develop a Meat and Poultry Product Recall Program

International FOOD INFORMATION Council Foundation:  A Communicator's Guide to Improving Understanding








Food and Public Health Associations

Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO)

Western Association of Food & Drug Officials (WAFDO)

Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Association of State &Territoral Health Officials (ASTHO)

Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference

National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)

National Association of State Department of Agriculture (NASDA)

National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments

National Environmental Health Association

Washington Association for Food Protection (WAFFP)



Animal & Pet Food Associations

Photo courtesy Linda Anderson of Stanwood WA

New FDA Site for Animal Feed & Pet Food Safety 

FDA's Regulation of Pet Food

American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Animal Health Institute (AHI) 

Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)

United States Animal Health Association (USAHA)

National Association of State Animal Health Officials (NASAHO)


Food Defense, Security and Emergency Preparedness


FDA Guidance to Retail Food Stores and Food Service: Food Security Preventive Measures

FDA Food Defense Tools

FDA Registration of Food Facilities 

USDA Pre-Harvest Security Guidelines & Checklist

DHS National Incident Management System (NIMS)

DHS National Response Framework Information Center

CDC Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local & Tribal Public Health Directors

USDA Small Plant News: Food Defense within FSIS Regulated Establishments: Are you Prepared?