Keeping Dairy Foods Safe!

Verka ensures the safety and quality of dairy foods, making milk and milk products of the safest and highest quality. By becoming educated on how to buy, transport, and store milk and milk products, you can help extend its quality. To avoid foodborne illness and dairy food waste, it’s important to think about dairy food safety from buying and transporting to storing.

Here are tips to help maintain the quality and safety of dairy foods:

Buying:

  • During summers, place milk and milk products in your cart just before checking out of the grocery store.
  • Check the “use by” date or “best before” date for the best quality.
  • Choose milk in cardboard cartons or non-translucent jugs. Translucent containers allow light in that can cause milk to spoil more easily and more quickly.

Transporting:

  • Take dairy foods straight home from the store and immediately put them in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Never leave perishable foods such as milk out of the refrigerator for more than two hours, depending on the outside temperature.

 Storing:

  • Refrigerate milk and milk products (yogurt, cheese) at 40º F or below as soon as possible after purchase.
  • Never store milk in the refrigerator door as it becomes susceptible to warmer temperatures due to frequent opening and closing the door.
  • Store ice cream in the freezer set at 0º F or below.

Using:

  • Return milk to the refrigerator immediately after use.
  • Unused milk poured out of its container should not be poured back to its original container.

You can play a critical role in helping to maintain the quality and safety of milk and milk products by keeping them at proper temperatures and by following recommended handling practices, as mentioned below:

 DAIRY PRODUCT REFRIGERATED (below 40º F) FROZEN (at or below 0º F)
Milk, plain or flavored 1 week 3 months
Buttermilk 1–2 weeks 3 months
Yogurt 7–14 days 1–2 months
Ice cream N/A 2–4 months