The University's food service contractor operates under a contract with the Foundation. As is common in most campus food service agreements, the food service contractor is granted exclusive rights to provide food services on our campus. It is imperative that the Foundation and the campus honor the commitment in the contract. It is University policy that any catering activities held on campus must be provided by the Foundation's food service contractor (currently CSU Dominguez Hills Foundation). It is the responsibility of the Foundation to ensure that quality food and service are provided at fair prices by this contractor. Questions regarding this policy or requests for exemptions due to special circumstances, as well as suggestions for improved service, should be addressed to the Director of Commercial Services (ext. 3814).
All campus organizations wishing to sell food must comply with the following conditions to provide for the health and safety of the campus community:
Prevention of food infection or food poisoning is of primary concern. High risk foods are those which are moist and high in protein, such as chicken, turkey, other meat and fish dishes, eggs and dairy products. Custards, cream pies, and salads (such as potato, chicken, turkey, and tuna) are also of concern. Frozen meats should be thawed in the refrigerator, not in room temperature, and cooked immediately after thawing. Cook thoroughly and use a meat thermometer for large roasts, turkeys, etc. Before preparing, mixing or handling ingredients, and/or immediately after using restroom facilities, every person should wash his/her hands and arms thoroughly with soap or detergent and warm water and rinse them in clean water. No person should prepare or serve food if he/she is likely to have a contagious disease or infection (e.g. cold).
Food that is transported from where it has been prepared must be properly protected while in transit. Food should be prepared as soon as possible to the time of serving. If perishables are prepared the night before, they are to be kept cold in a refrigerator, transported on ice, and kept cold until served or heated for serving.
All perishable foods or beverages to be served cold are to be kept at or below 45°F degrees after preparation until served. All perishable foods and beverages to be served hot are to be kept at or above 140°F degrees while being served. No article of food or beverages, which has been served previously to any person or returned from any table, will be used in the preparation of other foods or beverages. The serving area and all adjacent areas should be cleaned with soapy water or disinfectant and kept free of litter and rubbish at all times.
Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential to prevent food-borne illness. You can not see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. In every step of food preparation, follow the four FIGHT BAC™ guidelines to keep food safe:
Always refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours. Refrigerate within 1 hour when temperature is above 90°F. Check the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer with an appliance thermometer. The refrigerator should be at 40°F or below and the freezer at 0°F or below. Cook or freeze fresh poultry, fish, ground meats, and variety meats within 2 days; other beef, veal, lamb, or pork, within 3 to 5 days. Perishable food such as meat and poultry should be wrapped securely to maintain quality and to prevent meat juices from getting onto other food.
Cook ground meats to 160°F; ground poultry to 165°F. Beef, veal, and lamb steaks, roasts, and chops may be cooked to 145°F; all cuts of fresh pork, 160°F.
Hot food should be held at 140°F or warmer. Cold food should be held at 40°F or colder. When serving food at a buffet, keep food hot with chafing dishes, slow cookers, and warming trays. Keep food cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice or use small serving trays and replace them often. Perishable food should not be left out more than 2 hours at room temperature (1 hour when the temperature is above 90°F).