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Part 4 - Storage and Transportation

Product, Containers & Pallets

  • The storage facility is cleaned and maintained in an orderly manner.

  • Bulk storage facilities are inspected for foreign material prior to use and records are maintained.

  • Storage rooms, buildings, and/or facilities are maintained and sufficiently sealed or isolated and are protected from external contamination.

  • Storage grounds are reasonably free of litter and debris.

  • Floors in storage areas are reasonably free of standing water.

  • Possible wastewater spillage is prevented from contaminating any food handling area by barriers, drains, or sufficient distance.

  • There is a policy describing procedures which specify handling/disposition of finished product which is opened, spilled, or comes into contact with the floor.

  • Packing containers are properly stored and sufficiently sealed, to be protected from contamination (birds, rodents, pests, and other contaminants).

  • Pallets, pallet boxes, tote bags, and portable bins, etc. are clean, in good condition and do not contribute foreign material to the product.

  • Product stored outside in totes, trucks, bins, other containers or on the ground in bulk is covered and protected from contamination.

  • Non-food grade substances such as paints, lubricants, pesticides, etc., are not stored in close proximity to the product.

  • Mechanical equipment used during the storage process is clean and maintained to prevent contamination of the product.

Pest Control

  • Measures are taken to exclude animals or pests from storage facilities.

  • There is an established pest control program for the facility.

  • Service reports for the pest control program are available for review.

  • Interior walls, floors, and ceilings are well-maintained and are free of major cracks and crevices.

Ice & Refrigeration

  • The water used for cooling and/or making ice is potable.

  • Manufacturing, storage, and transportation facilities used in making and delivering ice used for cooling the product have been sanitized.

  • Climate-controlled rooms are monitored for temperature and logs are maintained.

  • Thermometer(s) are checked for accuracy and records are available for review.

  • Refrigeration system condensation does not come in contact with produce.

  • Refrigeration equipment (condensers, fans, etc.) is cleaned on a scheduled basis.

  • Iced product does not drip on pallets of produce stored below.


  • Prior to the loading process, conveyances are required to be clean, in good physical condition, free from disagreeable odors, and from obvious dirt/debris.

  • Produce items are not loaded with potentially contaminating products.

  • Company has a written policy for transporters and conveyances to maintain a specified temperature(s) during transit.

  • Conveyances are loaded to minimize damage to product.

Worker Health and Personal Hygiene

  • Employee facilities (locker rooms, lunch and break areas, etc.) are clean and located away from storage, shipping, and receiving areas.

  • When there is a written policy regarding the use of hair/beard nets in the storage and transportation areas, it is being followed by all affected employees and visitors.

  • When there is a written policy restricting the wearing of jewelry in the storage and transportation areas, it is being followed by all affected employees and visitors.


  • Records are kept regarding the source of incoming product and the destination of outgoing product which is uniquely identified to enable traceability.

Conclusion: Part 4 - Storage And Transportation

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