Food Safety Tips

10 Good Storage Practices for placing food products in the fridge


  1. Set the temperature of your refrigerator to 2-4 ° Most new technology refrigerators have a thermometer that displays the temperature. Since there is no thermometer, it is advisable to place a thermometer to control the temperature. Make sure the temperature of the refrigerator is set in lower temperatures in summer months.
  2. Refrigerated foods such as fresh meat and fish, as they need low temperatures (0-2 ° C) to be maintained they should be placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator on the lower shelf of the fridge. At that point a cross contamination will be prevented.
  3. Dairy products, sausages, eggs and ready-to-eat meals should be kept in the middle to the highest shelves where the temperature varies from 4-7°C. We often see the milk in the refrigerator door, which is wrong as the temperature at this point reaches 10 ° C.
  4. At the refrigerator door, it is advisable to place products that require lower cooling, such as beverages, soft drinks, chocolates, etc.
  5. The fruits and vegetables must be placed in the refrigerator drawers where the temperature is at 10 ° C, as they are particularly sensitive products in the cold. Prefer not to wash the vegetables before putting them in the refrigerator.
  6. In addition, if you open the products from their original packaging, place them in food-grade containers and close or cover the container. Always put a label with their expiring date.
  7. Try to keep the First In-First Out (FIFO) rule, where the products with the closest expiration date must be consumed first.
  8. It is also very important not to overfill the refrigerator as cold air cannot be evenly distributed and therefore does not reach certain foods.
  9. Do not leave the refrigerator door open for a long time!
  10. Finally, keep your refrigerator clean so as not to create ice, but also to prevent contamination.


Source: European Food Information Council, EFET.

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