Guidelines for Proper Food Storage

Good storage facilities – dry, frozen, and refrigerated – help keep food safe, fresh, and appetizing. Food products must be in excellent condition when they arrive at the receiving area. They must be kept that way as you store, prepare, and serve them. 

Food must be kept dry and stored off the floor in dry storage areas. Cold refrigerated or frozen storage must maintain proper temperatures.

1. Examine all food upon delivery to be sure it is not spoiled, dirty, infested with insects or opened. Do not accept or use cans with bulges or without labels. Do not accept frozen foods that have started to thaw. Send these items back.

2. Store all food off the floor on clean racks, dollies, or other clean surfaces. Pallets and dollies should be at least 6 inches off the floor to permit cleaning under them.

3. Keep storage rooms clean, sanitary, and free from rodent infestations. Clean on a rotating schedule to ensure that regular cleaning is done on a consistent basis.

4. Protect foods such as flour, cereals, cornmeal, sugar, dry beans, and dry peas from rodents and insects by storing them in tightly covered containers.

5. Use foods on a "first-in, first-out" basis. Arrange foods so that older supplies will be used first. Label shelves if necessary.


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