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Handling Sugardale Foods Products Safely*

Sugardale Food Service is committed to providing top quality products to our customers and to ensure that we meet or exceed all federal guidelines for product handling and storage. To keep the product in good, condition our customers should follow a few basic practices.

Buy quality products

The first step is selecting high-quality products. Sugardale Food Service customers are assured to have met that goal.


Packaging items to be stored is critical to keeping the high-quality products at their very best. Sugardale Food Service products are delivered in the proper container for either refrigeration or freezing, depending upon the product.


Once your products have been received and packaged properly, keeping them cool is necessary and should be done as soon as possible. Temperature for refrigeration is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Freezers should be kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Leftover meat should be refrigerated or frozen as soon as possible in shallow, covered containers to prevent bacteria from multiplying.


Thawing frozen foods must be done with care also. Large cuts should be wrapped in waterproof covering and immersed in cool water.
A microwave may be used for thawing, but care must be used in not overheating. Once frozen meat is thawed, it should be cooked right away.


Everything that the meat products come in contact with should be kept clean to reduce the chance of food borne illness. Wash hands and surfaces often. A cleaning solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach to 1 quart of water may be used to sanitize surfaces and utensils. Cutting boards, dishes and countertops should be washed with HOT soapy water after preparing each food item and before going on to the next item.


All pork products must be cooked to a minimum temperature of 160° to destroy any pathogenic bacteria that is inherent in raw pork.

For additional information contact:

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline:

1 ( 800) 535-4555
TTY: 1 (800) 256-7072
FSIS website (Food Safety and Inspection Service)
U.S. FDA Food Information Line: 1 (888) SAFE FOOD

*Information obtained from and

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