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Safety Resources

Keep on top of food safety issues with these valuable resources, covering everything from federal safety alerts to state codes. Also included are valuable handouts and signs in several languages.
Federal Resources

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  • The Food Safety and Inspection Service– The Food Safety and Inspection Service is the public health agency in the US Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention– The CDC provides users with credible, reliable health information.
  • US Food and Drug Administration– The FDA is responsible for ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply.
  • FDA 2013 Food Code– FDA’s best advice for a uniform system that addresses the safety and protection of food offered at the retail level and in food service establishments.
State Resources
Educational Resources
Useful Forms & Tools
  • The Food Keeper– Consumer guide to determine shelf life or perishable and non-perishable foods.
  • Product Dating Information – Code dating guidelines and information for member agencies.
  • Evaluating Shelf Stable Foods – Guide to help you determine package integrity of shelf-stable food upon receiving.
  • Out of Code – Agencies must separate out-of-code products from products within freshness code and post signage.
  • Out of Code Chinese – Agencies must separate out-of-code products from products within freshness code and post signage.
  • Out of Code Flyer Translated (English/Spanish/Portuguese/Haitian Creole) – Agencies must separate out-of-code products from products within freshness code and post signage.
  • Donation Quality Control Form – Use this form when evaluating donations.
  • Temperature Log – Use this log to keep a daily record of your refrigerator and freezer temperatures.
  • General Mills Use By Dates – General Mills provides the following extended use-by dates to Feeding America to allow safe and wholesome food to be distributed to those in need.
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THANKSGIVING FOOD SAFETY TIPS

The state of Massachusetts now requires all establishments who need ServSafe® certification to undergo Food Allergy Awareness Training. To purchase and view the online video from the National Restaurant Association, click here.

GBFB handles foods that may contain: peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, and/or sesame.

GBFB aims to efficiently manage recalls by cross-checking our inventory as well as notifying Member Agencies through email, the message board when you visit our building, and our website. For the latest food safety recalls, visit ShopGBFB or see the FDA listing.

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