Quiz Show - TCS (temperature controlled for safety) or Shelf Stable? Fried Onions

Updated: Jun 21

The term 'TCS' is often used to refer to food requiring temperature or time control for food safety and seven-day date marking. So let the games begin and test your knowledge.


Crispy Fried Onions



Sliced onions, dredged in flour, salt, and garlic powder. Shelf-stable or TCS food?


Answer:

This is a TCS food. Why? Because if there is a certain amount of water left in the onions after frying, bacteria can grow when held in the temperature danger zone 42F - 134F. To

hold this the temperature danger zone, you would need lab tests to prove it was safe or put it on a 4-hour time as a control agreement.

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