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Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

Food Safety is a top priority at Big Y. Our food safety team insures that all food sold to our customers is the safest, freshest and of the highest quality. We are committed to providing clean stores and follow strict food safety handling procedures. Big Y's food safety policies are stricter than government standards and based on the latest sound science. We conduct extensive food safety training to management and employees.

Quick Tip:

Parties and Large Groups

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Party time!!

Whether it is an Easter dinner, a graduation party, or any of the numerous reasons to throw a party, the one thing you do not want to have happen at your party is foodborne illness.

  • Use Shallow Containers Divide cooked foods into shallow containers to store in the refrigerator or freezer until serving. This encourages rapid, even cooling.
  • The Two-Hour Rule Foods should not sit at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Keep Hot Foods HOT And Cold Foods COLD Hot foods should be held at 140 °F or warmer. On the buffet table you can keep hot foods hot with chafing dishes, slow cookers, and warming trays. Cold foods should be held at 40 °F or colder. Keep foods cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice.

More Tips on How to Keep Parties Safe from foodsafety.gov