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The online ordering of food has increased significantly within the last few years. Major grocery retailers and specialty online food merchants like Blue Apron, HelloFresh, Walmart and others are rushing to meet the demands of busy families and individuals that are looking for time saving and convenience to buy their food. The selection of fresh produce, raw meats, poultry, fish and dairy products all available at the click of the mouse, allowing the home user to have those items shipped to their door. While the mail order industry has relied on a safe track record, there is growing concern with the limited food safety guidance currently in place by FDA as they review and study the issues. Numerous independent studies conducted to evaluate the potential food safety risks of raw or processed perishable products shipped to the home have found products arriving at temperatures above 40 °F, placing them at risk for microorganism spoilage and producing harmful foodborne pathogenic bacteria (those that can make you sick).
For many Americans who like to cook and ship food they made to family and friends across the nation, there are important tips you can do to ensure your food products arrive safely.
Remember, temperature control is critical for perishable foods.
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