Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 4: Nutrition and Food Service

4.9 Food Safety

4.9.0 Storage of Dry Bulk Foods

Dry, bulk foods that are not in their original, unopened containers should be stored off the floor in clean metal, glass, or food-grade plastic containers with tight-fitting covers. All bulk food containers should be labeled and dated, and placed out of children’s reach. Children should be permitted to handle household-size food containers during adult-supervised food preparation and cooking activities and when the container holds a single serving of food intended for that child’s consumption.
Food-grade nonporous containers prevent insect infestations and contamination from other foods and cleaning chemicals. By labeling and dating food, the food service staff can rotate the oldest foods to be used next and discard foods that have gone beyond safe storage times. Keeping bulk food containers out of the children’s reach prevents contamination and misuse. Young children cannot be expected to have learned safe food handling practices well enough to prevent contaminating the food supply of others.
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