DEPARTMENT OF FOOD
PROTOCOL FOR NEW PRODUCTS OR BRANDS OF EXISTING
TESTING AND EVALUATION
All food items
(new products and/or brands of existing products)
are subject to testing and evaluation by the
Department of Food and Nutrition. The following
procedures must be adhered to for product
submission for testing and/or evaluation.
and/or distributor must submit materials as
stated for a Paper Screen of the product(s) to
the Department of Food and Nutrition – Food
Planning and Production Test Kitchen, 7042 West
Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33144.
- A copy of
the product data sheet and food label
including the manufacturer’s code number,
establishment number of the manufacturer if a
- CN label
number and meal pattern contribution, if
- Meal pattern
- Portion size
and case size.
analysis showing total calories, total fat,
saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrate,
protein, sodium and whether the values were
from laboratory analysis or calculated from
- Upon approval,
an Appearance Screen will be requested for
product review by the Menu Committee.
full-case sample from a production line, not a
specially made sample, is to be submitted to
the Department of Food and Nutrition, Food
Planning and Production Test Kitchen, 7042
West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33144.
- Sample must
have a food label imprinted on packaging and
the date/shift coding.
- Sample is to
be marked with – (1) Vendor’s name, (2) Bid
number as applicable (3) Item number as
applicable (4) Product brand name and
number(s) (5) grade/portion and case size.
self-addressed envelope for sample Appearance
will be screened based upon appearance in the
raw and cooked state for acceptability of
shape, texture, color, smell, plate coverage
and availability of recommended preparation
for sample submissions may be made by
contacting Ms. Carol Chong, Director at
- Upon approval
by the Menu Committee, full-case samples from a
production line will be requested and scheduled
to be Student Taste Tested/Evaluated at
designated school sites.
- Full sample
case(s) from a production line will be
delivered to designated testing sites. Samples
are to be the same as the items submitted for
the Appearance Screen.
will be tested/evaluated as a part of regular
meal service on the same scheduled day(s) in
all test sites.
products will be rated by students as
acceptable or unacceptable using a hedonic
must be provided at no cost. The Department of
Food and Nutrition and/or Miami-Dade County Public
Schools will assume no cost incident thereto.
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