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Inventory Management Guidelines

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: All Food Distribution Agencies

Number: 00-405

From: Commodity Distribution Unit, Food Distribution Program

Date: March 2000

Attention: Food Service Directors

Subject: Inventory Management Guidelines for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodities

This management bulletin transmits information regarding the importance of stock rotation for USDA commodities. Stock rotation assists in maintaining optimal product freshness and nutrient content of commodities. The "First In, First Out" (FIFO) rotation method is required for all types of storage areas. Following are FIFO procedures:

  • Ensure that all items received have a pack date.
  • Write the date received on the case when a pack date is missing.
  • Label individual items that have been removed from their original case with the receipt date.
  • Place incoming supplies behind older products to ensure that older supplies will be used first.
  • Store opened items in tightly covered labeled and dated containers.
  • Use opened items first.
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