May 16, 2022

Reference Apps: A New App From USDA, Cornell U. , and FMI Features Food Safety Information

The app described below is free to download and use. It’s available for both Android and iOS.

From Cornell University:

Developed by Cornell University, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food Marketing Institute, the new FoodKeeper app, features:

  • A searchable database for more than 400 foods and includes storage timelines, cooking tips and other practical advice for those interested in learning about the keeping quality of their foods.
  • Important information about product dating and other food storage tips are also contained in the app.
  • Calendar integration, which allows users to enter the purchase date for products and offers notifications when products are nearing the end of their recommended storage date.
  • And, a 24-hour virtual hotline called “Ask Karen” for pressing food storage related questions.

The software is an enhanced, interactive e-version of the popular FoodKeeper booklet, developed by the Cornell’s Department of Food Science, the Food Marketing Institute and the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline to help consumers maintain the safety, freshness and quality of foods.

Download Android Version via Google Play

Download iOS Version via iTunes App Store

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.