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.

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