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Gift Giving: Giving and Receiving Food Safely

Mailing a Perishable Food Gift:

  • Make sure the food is frozen solid or refrigerator cold.
  • Use an insulated cooler or a heavy corrugated box packed with a frozen gel-pack, or purchase dry ice for keeping food cold.
  • Alert the recipient ahead of time and set a mutually-agreeable delivery date.
  • Properly label the package: "Perishable - Keep Refrigerated," on the outside, and provide a complete mailing address and phone number to ensure proper delivery.
  • Ship your package by overnight delivery.

Tips for Mail-Order Food Gifts

When you send food via a mail-order company, be sure to specify overnight delivery, and request that the company supply a frozen gel-pack or dry ice in the packaging. This will help ensure that the food will arrive at your destination firm and refrigerator cold.

Receiving a Perishable Food Gift

  • Open the package upon arrival.
  • Make sure the food is still refrigerator cold.
  • Immediately refrigerate or freeze the food.
  • If perishable food doesn't arrive cold, don't eat it, and notify the shipper immediately.

It is the shipper's responsibility to deliver perishable foods on time, but it is the customer's responsibility to have someone at home to receive the package.

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