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Resource | Technical Assistance Take Advantage of Nature’s Bounty: Consider Vacuum Seal

Schools that have access to local, fresh produce and who wish to take advantage of low prices during abundant supply and peak nutrition may want to consider vacuum sealing in-house processed and frozen fruits and vegetables.

Resource | Factsheets Storing Fresh Produce

Learn how to properly store produce in a walk-in refrigerator. 

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance Food Safety Research: School Nutrition Production Systems

Little is known about the food safety risks associated with the various production methods by which schools prepare and serve food to students. Given this, the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs at Kansas State University conducted a study.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance Produce Safety Resources

Resources available for PSU graduates.  

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance Letter to State Directors Regarding Infant Formula

Letter to reiterate the flexibilities that USDA has made available to all WIC state agencies and to urge all states to take additional action to make it easier for families to get the formula they need.

Resource | Factsheets USDA Foods General Recommendations: Handwashing, Cleaning, and Disinfecting for Household Program Operators

These handouts provide general recommendations on handwashing, cleaning, and disinfecting, to operators of USDA Foods household programs including CSFP, TEFAP, and FDPIR. 

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance Best Practices to Safely Handle and Store USDA Foods at Home

A set of three handouts on best practices to help you safely handle and store USDA foods at home.

Resource | Technical Assistance Food Safety Enforcement and Inspection Actions and Terminology

This document provides an overview of basic food safety enforcement terminology used by FSIS that may impact school distributing agencies, school food authorities, and processors of USDA-regulated foods, including meat, poultry, and egg products.

Resource | Technical Assistance USDA Foods Recall Preparedness & Response Checklist

This resource provides a checklist of the communication responsibilities related to recalls of USDA Foods before, during and after a recall.

Resource | Guidance Documents The Food Allergy Book

English and Spanish versions of, "The Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know". Written by NEA Healthy Futures, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Education Association. 

Page updated: October 14, 2021