During the winter, if you plan to store food in the fridge, you should freeze the food. The -18 degC temperature will prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. However, make sure that you store the food in air-tight containers. Freezing food should be given priority in storage. Then, you should move on to refrigerated and dry storage.


A USDA GRADE stamp on food items received should be given priority in storage. This indicates that the food item should be kept at a temperature of _______ or below. If you receive a chicken shipment, some of the items will have USDA stickers or USDA GRADE stamps. These stamps will tell you how good the chicken is. Keeping them in a refrigerator is the best way to ensure they stay safe.

When receiving foods from the USDA, the RFB must inspect the commercial delivery receipt to determine whether the USDA Foods are in good condition. They must verify the number of units in the shipment and that the USDA GRADE stamps are still on them. The Commercial BOL is the primary document for verification of delivery and recording commodity count. It must be kept in the best possible condition to avoid spoilage.

Food items with USDA stickers

You may receive a shipment of chicken that has several different USDA stickered items in it. These stickers represent the quality of the chicken and should be stored in the fridge as soon as possible. Some of these items need special storage and require refrigeration. If you find these stickers on your shipment, you should give them the highest priority in storage. Similarly, food items with USDA GRADE stamps should be stored at a lower temperature, and should be refrigerated as soon as possible.

Food items with USDA GRADE stamps

When purchasing food, look for food items with the USDA GRADE stamp and stick it on the package. The USDA GRADE stamp indicates that the item has received a high quality rating from the USDA. For example, raw shell eggs should be stored at _______°F or less. Brightly colored bandages are easy to find and will save you time and money in case one of your kids accidentally falls into the food.