Keeping Hot Foods Hot

-- from June 1999 issue of CCA's The "Ten" Times Newsletter


Day care centers, which serve hot cooked foods, have the responsibility of maintaining the temperatures of these foods at 140F until the children are seated and served. Regulation .63 mandates an operator to protect all food from contamination while it is being stored, prepared, transported, displayed or served. When serving hot cooked foods, the Staff need to check food temperatures to ensure temperatures are being maintained. A metal stem thermometer can be used to check temperatures if it is sanitized between each use. Some food preparation routines may need to be rearranged to include this requirement. If temperatures drop below 140F, foods are to be refrigerated or reheated promptly.


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