What is considered an approved food source in child care?
Child care providers must utilize foods from an approved source. The following are examples of approved sources:
- Schools and restaurants
- Grocery and other retail food stores
- Commercial food warehouses and distributors
- Local farmer’s market for whole, uncut fruits and vegetables
- Provider’s garden for whole, uncut fruits and vegetables
The following are examples of unapproved food sources:
- Custom-exempt processed beef and pork
- Wild game
- Farm fresh eggs from individuals without a valid egg license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture
- Unpasteurized milk
- Home-canned foods
- Foods prepared at an uninspected facility such as an employee’s home
If you have questions regarding approved food sources, contact us or your local public health agency.