Surplus food is given to those people who are in need, especially to the homeless. But how can you identify that the food is surplus? Different processes are used to generate edible surplus food. The following are the things that need to be considered in donating good surplus food:
Surplus food includes meals that are not served to the customer can be served as a surplus food and can be distributed or given to needy individuals. Foods or meals that consist of raw eggs and fish are not allowed to be donated. It’s because the food can be poisonous and dangerous to consume for there are instances that it is already contaminated with bacteria. Meals that are also cooked at the lowest temperature are not allowed to be donated for it is perishable.
- Raw Materials
Raw materials that are still consumable by humans are being donated. These raw materials are those who are purchased by some and are not being used. Sometimes this is the most reason of food wastage in the industry.
- Manufacturing Processes
Manufacturing processes of the product can also be a factor that the food can be donated. Make sure that if you are going to donate it, it does not have direct contact with the customers.
- Durability Dates
Products can be donated if they are not yet expired. Make sure that you check the expiration date of the food before you donate it. It is because you must ensure the safety of the person who will consume the product. Even though it is being donated, the top priority should be the safety of the consumer.
- Packaged Food
Surplus food that will be donated should be secured and packed to avoid spoilage, especially to those perishable products. The products should not be unopened like fruit juices and biscuits.