In addition to labeling, dating items requires special attention.All foods that require time and temperature control (TCS) should be labeled with the following: The TCS food can be kept for seven days if it is stored at 41°F or lower.This recent news headline shows just how important it is to label food and non-food items in your kitchen.Any food that is not in its original packaging must be labeled.She dedicated her 35-year career to improving the health and well-being of others by promoting food safety best practices.Lacie worked in environmental health for 17 years before joining Food Handler in 1997 as the Director of Safety Management.The Food Code has expanded on date marking in the past few years to help control Listeria, so we will have more to come on this subject. All retail food facilities must follow the date marking regulations, including restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, schools, eldercare facilities, and any facility selling or serving food directly to the consumer. – 1) Refrigerated ready-to-eat (RTE) potentially hazardous foods that are prepared and held in a food facility for more than 24 hours. Foods that may be combined or mixed together must retain the date marking of the earliest prepared or first prepared ingredient.
Although dating of some foods is required by more than 20 states, there are areas of the country where much of the food supply has some type of open date and other areas where almost no food is dated. Open dating is found primarily on perishable foods such as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
If foods are mishandled, foodborne bacteria can grow and cause foodborne illness — before or after the date on the package.