What are the key considerations in organic food storage? As organic foods became increasingly popular with health-conscious consumers, the food storage businesses had to adapt to consumer demands. While the storage of bulk, canned, and processed foods (otherwise known as unperishable foods) is still important, organic food trends have influenced not only the grocery market but also the food storage market. So, what are the key considerations in organic food storage? How does it differ from traditional food storage practices? Here’s an overview of organic food storage.
First, organic storage facilities must be diligent in storing foods properly. Without the expertise in handling and storage of organic foods, the label of organic foods may be compromised. In fact, the certification process for organic foods is costly, but also very strict. Foods with organic labels are farmed, sourced, and handled according to specific guidelines. As such, consumers expect that organic foods are stored according to those standards. Working with a food storage company that has the background, knowledge, and skills to properly store organic foods is imperative to maintaining organic certification.
So then, how are organic foods properly stored? Since organic foods are grown and sourced according to rigorous standards, storage must also adhere to strict codes. Indeed, there are specific criteria that dictate organic food handling and storage. Facilities that stores organic food products should be certified accordingly. Certification ensures that these facilities are equipped to effectively handle and store the products and eliminate the possibility of contamination or other problems.
Additionally, organic food storage is held to different timelines than processed or canned foods. Knowledge of best practices with respect to shelf life for a wide range of organic products is fundamental to proper organic food handling. Tracking products arrival time to a facility ensures shelf life guidelines are followed accurately. The tracking process can be complex in facilities that handle a wide range of products, so fastidious record keeping and labeling is even more important.
When it comes to how organic foods are stored there are also important considerations around temperature and separation. All foods must be stored at specific temperatures, and this will depend on the type of food as well. You would also be correct in assuming that organic foods are stored separately from other products, and even from other organic foods.
Finally, facilities certified in storing organic foods are subject to rigorous inspections as well as cleaning and staffing protocols. Regular inspections of certified facilities are a requirement, and these inspections tend to be very demanding. This requires that facilities are maintained in impeccable condition with careful attention to cleaning practices. As you can see, the many policies and guidelines around organics and organic food storage requires staff that are highly trained and well-versed in the principles of the practice.