Storing high risk foods at the correct temperature

Food Safety Supervisor TrainingFood-poisoning bacteria can grow in high-risk foods when they are not stored within the correct temperature range. Completing your FSS course will assist you in gaining the information and comprehending the responsibilities for storage of high-risk foods.

Here are some useful methods of ensuring that food is prepared and stored safely:

  • Store cold food at or below 5°C. Store frozen food at or below -15°C.

  • Calculate core temperatures of food placed in the refrigerator.

  • If frozen food is warmer than -15°C, test if it is frozen hard. If it is, then it is still acceptable.

  • For refrigeration units not maintaining a temperature of 5°C, alter the settings or consult a refrigerator specialist.

  • In the event that frozen food reveals signs of thawing, decide to resume thawing and use at once or discard.

  • Ensure high-risk food is date-coded, which includes the date the product was opened/repacked.

  • Comply with the manufacturer’s guidelines for storing opened products.

  • Food prepared on the premises needs to be marked with the date made.

  • Rotate stock and also make use of older products first, to make sure food items are not stored too long.

  • Verify date codes every day. Dispose food once its ‘use-by’ date has expired. Ensure the freezer and refrigerator or cool room are able to keep food at the correct temperatures.

  • Don’t overstock them. Confirm that thermometers are reading correctly. Have refrigerators and cool rooms frequently examined and maintained by a licensed expert.

  • In the event of a power failure, keep all cool room and refrigerator doors closed. Assess the temperature of all foods when the electricity is restored.

  • When utilizing remote temperature-monitoring IT technology, have a discussion with your environmental health officer to determine the best way to check and supervise the operation of this kind of system.

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