||Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
Mail Order Food Safety
April 15, 2004
Perishable Food by Mail
Ordering a mail order gift? Plan
ahead. Follow these important food safety tips.
Refrigerated foods must be
mailed cold or frozen in a foam or heavy cardboard box with a cold
Make sure the package is
labeled "Keep Refrigerated." Provide an accurate delivery
Request overnight delivery.
Alert the recipient that
"the gift is in the mail."
Don't send refrigerated food
to the workplace. Refrigeration may not be available.
to view, or right-click to download, this graphic with the 5 important
mail order tips. It is a PDF file.
A "Focus" piece with important
information to help the purchaser and recipient know whether the
perishable foods have been handled properly.
A fact sheet from the Partnership for
Food Safety Education's Fight BAC! campaign, which gives safety
tips when mailing and receiving perishable foods (leaving this site)
- The Buffet Bonanza: Keeping Food Safe
Page 1 (PDF file, 1776 KB, 1 page when printed)
Page 2 (PDF
file, 2255 KB, 1 page when printed)
A brochure, also from the Partnership for
Food Safety Education, which provides food safety tips to guard your
buffet table from "BAC" (bacteria) (leaving this site)
USDA Gives Tips on Sending Food
Gifts to U.S. Military (March 17, 2003)
USDA’S Meat And Poultry Hotline Offers Advice For Mail
Order Food Safety (November 28, 2000)
The video news feature, "Sending
Perishable Food by Mail," is available from the Meat and Poultry
Hotline in both Beta and VHS formats. Tips are given for consumers who
are sending or receiving perishable food gifts. To request a copy,
call (202) 720-5604 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To Contact the Meat and Poultry
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For Further Information, Contact:
Meat and Poultry Hotline:
1-888-MPHotline (Toll-free Nationwide)
(202) 720-3333 (Washington, DC area)
FSIS Food Safety Education Staff
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