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We've put together some general advice on food safety.

Temperature Control

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

Some foods need to be kept chilled to keep them safe, for example food with a ‘use by’ date, food that you have cooked and won’t serve immediately, or other ready-to-eat food. If these foods are not properly chilled, bacteria can grow and make people ill.

These high risk foods should be stored in the refrigerator below 8 degrees celsius. Ideally you should aim to keep your fridge at 5 degrees celsius.

 How to check

  • Check chilled food on delivery to make sure it’s at or below 8 degrees celsius

  • Food that needs to be chilled is put in the fridge as soon as it arrives

  • Check the temperature of your refrigerators daily, these checks should be recorded

  • Remember, chilled food must be kept below 8 degrees celsius, ideally 5 degrees celsius

Hot foods

Hot foods must be stored above 63 degrees celsius to prevent the growth of bacteria. Hot foods can be kept below this temperature for a maximum of two hours before being used, returned to above 63 degrees celsius or chilled.



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