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Food Receipting Updates

Published: 67 days ago
" USDA recently released Revision 4 of FNS Instruction 709-5, Shipment and Receipt of USDA Foods.
USDA recently released Revision 4 of FNS Instruction 709-5, Shipment and Receipt of USDA Foods.
Key updates to the guidance include:
* Removes outdated references to “High” Security seals.
* Inspection costs for not out-of-condition foods will now be reimbursed by USDA, if needed.
* CEs must notify TDA if a shipment from the Multi-Food Warehouse has a pest infestation.
* Photograph/video evidence specifically required for pest infestation or out of condition food complaints/shipment refusals.
* USDA representative must respond to CEs within two hours for refused shipment requests.
* Rejected shipments must leave school property immediately. Please review the updated guidance here:


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