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Proper Storage Temperatures for USDA Commodities

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: All Food Distribution Agencies

Number: 00-404

From: Commodity Distribution Unit, Food Distribution Program

Date: March 2000

Attention: Food Service Directors

Subject: Proper Storage Temperatures for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodities

This management bulletin transmits information regarding the importance of proper storage temperatures for USDA commodities.

Correct temperature control is essential to maintain food quality, nutrient content, and control of bacterial growth. Daily monitoring of temperatures is necessary to ensure adequate storage conditions. An example of a storage temperature log is attached for your information.

Dry Storage

Many items such as canned goods, baking supplies, grains, and cereals may be held safely in dry storage areas. The guidelines below should be followed:

Refrigerated Storage

Refrigeration increases shelf life of most products. Most importantly, refrigeration slows bacterial growth. Optimal refrigerated storage conditions can be achieved by following these guidelines:

Freezer Storage

Freezers should be used to store frozen food when it is received. Optimal frozen storage conditions can be achieved by following these guidelines:


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