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" January 1, 2022 - Proper storing of food will help maintain food quality and safety. Employees who store food play an important role in a child or adult care facility nutrition program by following proper storing practices.
January 1, 2022 - Storing Food Safely

    • Ensure the storage area is clean, sanitized, and free from pest or rodents
    • Date mark containers and include name of food on label
    • Use First in First Out method (F-I-F-O), use food in the order it was delivered
    • Storage racks should be six inches off the floor and away from the wall
    • Store all food items and service materials away from chemicals or cleaning supplies
    • Store food at proper temperatures: Store refrigerated foods at 41°F or below, frozen foods at 0°F or below, and dry foods between 50°F - 70°F

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