Milk, meat, cut fruit, and other perishable foods delivered from a local store or farm also need to stay at a safe temperature. Hot food should be delivered hot, and cold food should be delivered cold. Food should not be kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour if the outside temperature is 90°F or warmer. During delivery, hot and cold foods should be kept separate from each other.
Safe Food Delivery and Receipt
Contact Customers if they are at home so perishable foods such as meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, or dairy can be quickly stored in the refrigerator or freezer instead of being left outside until someone is home. If you can’t be there in person, see if a neighbor can store the food until you return. Contact the customer and ask if they want you to hand over the delivery to their neighbor and submit a picture on the Lowkel app if handing anything to a neighbor.
Be aware of delivery times. If your delivery includes perishable food, be aware of how long it is kept out at room temperature. Perishable food that has been sitting out for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour if it’s 90°F or warmer outside, can make the customer sick. Germs that cause food poisoning multiply quickly when food is in the “danger zone” between 40°F and 140°F.