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Receiving Food Products


Delivered Product Quality

When food products are delivered to an establishment's door, it is the responsibility of the person in charge to ensure inspection of every food delivery for general cleanliness, condition of containers, and signs of temperature abuse.

Boxes/Cartons/Containers

Check deliveries to make sure that the packages of food products are intact and not leaking any product. If a container is broken open, crushed, torn, or otherwise damaged, the contents may have been exposed to possible contamination. Look for signs of contamination by rodents, insects, or birds. If any of these problems are identified, reject the product.

Canned Products

When receiving canned products, always inspect them for the following potential problems:

  1. Severe dents on the top or bottom rim, or on side seam.
  2. Swollen or bulging cans.
  3. Rusted cans with pitted surfaces.

If cans have any of the above problems, they must be either thrown away or returned to the supplier.

Receiving Temperatures Generally, all cold potentially hazardous foods must be received at 41F or below. Some exceptions are:

  1. Fluid milk must be received at 45F or lower. Once received, milk must be cooled to 41F or less, and held there.
  2. Shell eggs must be received at 45F. or lower. Once received, eggs must be held at 45F or less.
  3. Frozen foods must be received frozen.
  4. Live molluscan shellfish must be received at 50F or lower.

All hot potentially hazardous foods, which have been cooked and are received hot, must be received at 140F or higher.

Cross-Contamination

During deliveries the potential for cross-contamination is high. Watch to ensure that containers or cartons filled with raw foods, such as meats and poultry, or fresh produce are not stacked on top of each other or located in such a manner that leaking product from one container can contaminate a different food in another container.

MDA Contact

Dairy & Food Inspection Division
651-201-6027