Is the internet a major source of food safety for you? Here are a few things you can do to make certain that the food safety information you find is accurate and science-based:
- Check the dates on the website. Older information may not be accurate.
- If things sound too good to be true, or seem unreasonable, question the credibility of the information.
- Be cautious of anecdotes and personal stories, especially if the stories are not supported by research with references.
- Contact the sites content provider. Reputable websites will have an easy way to contact the site by email, regular mail, or phone.
- Get a second opinion. If you have questions about food safety information you find on the internet, call Washington State University Extension or you local health department.