All incoming foods should be checked to make sure they meet quality standards stated in the operation's purchase specifications. Employees who receive American meats and poultry for the operation should look for the USDA "Inspected and Passed" labels.
The following slides contain examples of sanitation guidelines for receiving:
Look at the condition of the delivery vehicle. Does the interior look clean? Is it an open-bed truck or an enclosed truck? The chance that products may be contaminated is greater with an open-bed truck.
Carefully inspect every case that appears damaged; there is a possibility that the food within may be contaminated.
Check all deliveries for evidence of insect or rodent contamination.
Check incoming products for unusual or foul odors. Such odors generally mean a problem exists.
Don't accept frozen foods that feel partially or completely thawed, or appear to be spoiled.