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What temperature is chilled food stored at?


What temperature is chilled food stored at?

Your fridge temperature Cold food must be kept at 8˚C or below. This is a legal requirement in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In practice, it is recommended to set your fridge at 5˚C to make sure that food is kept cold enough.

What is chilled temperature?

Chilled food is food that is stored at refrigeration temperatures, which are at or below 0 – −5 °C (32–23 °F). The key requirements for chilled food products are good quality and microbiological safety at the point of consumption.

What is the maximum legal temperature for chilled foods?

By law the temperature of chilled food must always be 8°C or below. If you have any doubts about the reliability of your fridge you should check the temperature of the food stored in the fridge using a clean digital probe thermometer.

What is the four hour rule?

What is the 4-hour/2-hour rule? Studies show that food can be safely held out of temperature control for short periods of time without significantly increasing the risk of food poisoning. However, the total time in the temperature danger zone must not be longer than 4 hours.

What should the temperature of a chilled food be?

Temperature is Key. Chilled foods, for reasons of safety or quality, are designed to be stored at refrigeration temperatures (at or below 8ºC, targeting 5ºC) throughout their entire life.

What are the regulations for chilled food storage?

The commercial storage of chilled foods must comply with The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013; The Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/31 (W.5)); and; The Food Hygiene Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (SR 2006 No 3).

What’s the shelf life of foods stored in the fridge?

Chilled prepared foods are designed to be stored at refrigeration temperatures below 8 o C (optimum 5 o C maximum) and need to be kept chilled in a fridge to safely meet their shelf life. If they are not properly chilled and stored, bacteria can multiply. Chilled foods have a very short life (generally 1-10 days in the UK).

What’s the best temperature to keep food in cold storage?

Keeping your goods in cold storage below 4 ° C is the most effective way to prevent spoilage but there are some best practices and guidelines you can follow to extend the freshness of your produce.