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    C-Store Trends: 5 Food Safety Tips

    C-Stores’ fresh/prepared food sales increased 21.3% from 2020, according to NACS 2021 industry report. With this fact in mind, more c-stores may choose to feature prepared foods so it is really important to be educated in food safety so your store can continue to enjoy boosted fresh food sales.


    Here are 5 food safety tips for your c-store according to the CDC


    1.  Wash hands and surfaces often

    Wash your hands to prevent the spread of bacteria, it is also recommended to wear gloves. CDC recommends…

    2.  Prevent cross-contamination

    It is important to prevent contamination between foods that can spread germs like eggs or raw meat, poultry, or seafood with ready to eat food like fruits and vegetables. You can do this by…

    3.  Cook to the right temperature

    Ensure that meats are cooked to the proper temperature, this allows the internal temperature to get high enough to kill off any germs or bacteria that could cause a foodborne illness. Be sure to…

    4.  Refrigerate properly

    Food can become unsafe if it is left out at room temperature or in the “danger zone” which is between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. To avoid this, you can…

    5.  Train your staff

    Training your staff regularly on the topic of food safety is a vital part of ensuring your store is serving safe food to your customers. State Food Safety provides a variety of resources for training your staff that help you put together a successful training program with ease.


    With more and more people stopping at c-stores to get a quick bite to eat on a road trip, before work, or just on the way home, it is incredibly important for store owners to take food safety seriously. Be sure to implement these tips and keep your staff up to date on food safety training to protect your customers and to keep serving fresh food at your c-store!


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