TCS food is good for seven days in the refrigerator, however, the facility may freeze the food to extend the shelf life. Upon freezing, time “stops” and the shelf life of seven days resumes upon thawing.

Example 1: Lasagna made April 1 is held until April 3 in the refrigerator (three days). On April 3, the food is frozen. Upon thawing, label the lasagna for an additional four days under refrigeration.

Example 2: Lasagna made April 1 is immediately cooled and frozen. Upon thawing, label the lasagna for 6 days under refrigeration.