Ask Karen provides 24/7 assistance and tips on preventing foodborne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products. You can get answers to your food safety questions while at the grocery store, farmers market, in your kitchen, or while at your barbecue grill.

You can also chat live with a food safety expert on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST, or email the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline number (1-888-MPHotline) to speak to someone directly.

What’s New

Version 2.0.0

This release fixes issues with iOS 9 and above and also includes software and performance upgrades.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings ,

Still crashes

I really liked the website and wanted to keep up by having the app
But it crashes
It could be a great app.

The 2 stars are for the effort only

FishyFlake ,

Terrific app

Although you can fall down the rabbit hole of reading questions below the answer you were looking for. Good resource.

MrNPKling ,

No Current Data

No current information on recalls or food borne pathogen outbreaks. I get more information about recalls from my news applications than from the USDA?!?! Extremely underwhelmed by this app.


USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
13.4 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating


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