Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 4: Nutrition and Food Service

4.9 Food Safety

4.9.0

4.9.0.6: Storage of Foods Not Requiring Refrigeration


Foods not requiring refrigeration should be stored at least six inches above the floor in clean, dry, well-ventilated storerooms or other approved areas (1,2). Food products should be stored in such a way (such as in nonporous containers off the floor) as to prevent insects and rodents from entering the products.
RATIONALE
Storage of food off the floor in a safe and sanitary manner helps prevent food contamination from cleaning chemicals or spills of other foods and keeps insects and rodents from entering the products.
COMMENTS
Storing food six inches or higher above the floor enables easier cleaning of the floor under the food.
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS
5.2.8.1 Integrated Pest Management
REFERENCES
  1. Food Marketing Institutes (FMI). 1996. Facts about food and floods: A consumer guide to food quality and safe handling after a flood or power outage. Washington, DC: FMI.
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 2009. 2009 Food code. College Park, MD: FDA. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodSafety/RetailFoodProtection/FoodCode/FoodCode2009/UCM189448.pdf.