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How do I safely store food?

You must store food:
(1) In the original containers or in clean, labeled containers that are airtight and off the floor;
(2) In a manner that prevents contamination from other sources;
(3) In an area separate from toxic materials such as cleaning supplies, paint, or pesticides;
(4) That is not past the manufacturer's expiration or freshness date;
(5) In a refrigerator or freezer if cooling is required;
(6) Raw meat, poultry or fish in the refrigerator, below cooked or ready to eat foods;
(7) Foods not requiring refrigeration at least six inches above the floor in a clean, dry, ventilated storeroom or other areas; and
(8) Dry bulk foods not in their original containers, in containers with tight fitting covers. Containers must be labeled and dated.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW and 2006 c 265. WSR 08-08-012, § 170-295-3200, filed 3/19/08, effective 4/19/08. WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-3200, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-3200, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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