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Clarification of MB 00-404


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: All Food Distribution Agencies

Number: 00-408

From: Commodity Distribution Unit, Food Distribution Program

Date: July 2000

Attention: Food Service Directors

Subject: Clarification to Management Bulletin 00-404: Proper Storage Temperatures for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodities

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

Refrigerated Storage

A back-up appliance thermometer should be kept in the refrigerated unit in case of a power outage. If a power outage occurs, any foods held at 41°F or higher for more than two hours should not be consumed.

Freezer Storage

A back-up appliance thermometer should also be kept in the freezer unit in case of a power outage. If there is a power outage, it is important to keep foods grouped together to retain the cold and to keep the door closed as much as possible. If the freezer has maintained a temperature of 0°F or below up to the time that the power returns, the food is safe. Again, foods held at 41°F or higher for more than two hours should not be consumed.

References
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Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 16, 2016
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