We will also try and cover some other commonly asked questions about food storage temperatures such as:
Let's start with what is the correct temperature for frozen food storage. Ideally frozen food should be stored at -18˚C or colder. If you are a retailer of frozen products the food labelled as ‘Quick frozen’ must be stored at -18˚C or colder but can be displayed at -12˚C or colder.
What is a safe food storage fridge temperature? Remember, the law refers to the temperature of the food, not the temperature setting of the fridge. By law you must store high risk chilled food at a food temperature of 8°C or below.
Most harmful bacteria grow at temperatures above 8°C and below 63°C – this temperature range is the ‘Danger Zone’ for food storage. So food in a fridge must have a temperature of below 8°C by law.
Fridge temperatures vary in the fridge, the coldest part of the fridge is next to the cooling coil or shelf at the bottom. To ensure all food stored in a fridge has a temperature of below 8°C, it is recommended that the coldest part of your fridge should be at 5°C or below. In fact many fridge manufacturers recommend 4°C.
Remember it is the temperature of the stored food that matters, not the fridge temperature, so if the stored food is above 8°C, then the fridge temperature setting may need lowering even lower than 4°C.
Our Food Hygiene & Safety Level 2 Online Course for Catering covers food storage and cooking temperatures in much greater detail and leads to a level 2 IoH qualification and certificate.