Safely Receiving Donated Food

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Rainbow CDC inspects fresh produce donated by Coastal Sunbelt.

When donated food products are delivered to an agency, it is the responsibility of the receiving agency to ensure inspection of every food delivery for general cleanliness, condition of containers, and signs of temperature abuse.

When receiving potentially hazardous foods:

  • Use a sanitized thermometer to take and record the temperature before storing food in a proper temperature-controlled space or before preparing for immediate consumption.
  • Record the weight and types of food brought to the agency and report that data to CFR.

When receiving canned products, always inspect them for the following potential problems:

  • Severe dents on the top or bottom rim, or on side seam.
  • Swollen or bulging cans
  • Rusted cans with pitted surfaces
  • Boxes with live or dead insects, webs, or droppings

When receiving boxed or dry goods, always inspect them for the following potential problems:

  • Box with inside bag:
    • Bag is torn or leaking
    • Bag has moldy or foreign objects inside
    • Box has live or dead insects, webs, or droppings.
    • Seals are ripped
  • Box without inside bag:
    • Box is open or torn.
    • Box has live or dead insects, webs, or droppings.

Box is stained or wet

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