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How to Safely Store Food in Your Walk-in Cooler

If you are concerned about how to keep your Orlando walk-in cooler safe, there are several tips you can follow. Once you learn the proper protocol for storing food safely, it is easy to keep up on and will come naturally to you.

Areas You Can Get Cited For

If you do not follow protocol, you could wind up with thousands of dollars in fees for a walk-in that is not well maintained. Though regulations and codes differ from state to state, the following will give you a good idea of what you can get fined for:

  • Walk-in lacking interior release
  • Improperly packaged or spoiled food in the walk-in
  • Spills or food that hasn’t been cleaned up
  • Mold
  • Poor ventilation or proximity to combustibles
  • Walk-in at the wrong temperature
  • Cooler improperly organized or obstructions that make it hard to clean present
  • Not constructed of a material that employees can easily clean
  • Floor or panels with rust
  • Foods in the fridge not properly labeled
  • Non-working lights
  • Worn out or broken parts
  • Pests living in the cooler, gaskets or drain

Once you know and understand these particular areas, there are a few other ground rules to follow.

Keep Your Food Safe

You need to date everything in your Fridge and walk-in cooler. Rotate your food and label it so when you undergo inspection, there is no question everything is in order. You also need to place food accordingly on the shelf. Put items like meat on the bottom shelf. Doing so prevents any leaks from dripping down and cross contaminating other food. Keep thermometers visible so you can see what temp the cooler is at a glance. Place them close to the entrance as this will be easy to access. Your cooler is also warmer here. You should keep it between 34-40 degrees depending on what you keep in your refrigerator.

You want to make sure to get perishables in the cooler or frozen right away. The FDA recommends leaving them out for no longer than two hours and even less if it is over 90 out. You also want to pay particular attention to poultry, eggs, fish, and meat as they will spoil quicker.

Create a Cleaning Schedule and Stick to It

Single handedly, one of the best ways to maintaining food safety with your Orlando walk-in cooler is to commit to a regular cleaning schedule and not skip it. If you spill anything, clean it up immediately.  Be sure to keep your poultry and meats away from fresh food and check dates often.

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