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Maintenance of USDA Commodities at Distributors

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors, County Superintendents of Schools, Diocesan Superintendents of Schools

Number: 00-412

Attention: Food Service Directors, USDA Foods Processors, Distributors, and Warehouses

Date: October 2000

Subject: Maintenance of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodities at Distributors, Warehouses, and Storage Facilities

Reference: Management Bulletins 00-403, 00-404, 00-405, and 00-408; FD-5, USDA Western Region Office

As a result of recent audits, the Office of Inspector General has recommended that we provide a reminder regarding the recommended storage and handling procedures for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities.

Recipient agencies must ensure that USDA commodity foods maintain wholesomeness. Storage and inventory management practices are the key components to this assurance.

The following guidelines will ensure optimum usage of commodities and should be included in all distributor, warehouse, and storage facility contracts:

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