Storing Meat In A Refrigerator
1A cold chain means maintaining the prescribed low meat temperature to preserve it safe and in as good condition as possible in the entire food production chain – from production and transport to storage and consumption.
Fresh food is usually kept in cold storage since low temperature slows down the natural process of food going bad. Poultry should be kept in a refrigerator at 4°C. The meat should be put on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator in its original packaging to prevent meat juice spilling on other food. The product should be used as soon as convenient and before the expiration date.
The refrigerator should be checked for proper functioning and regularly maintained and cleaned. The recommended temperature in a household refrigerator is between +2°C and +8°C, which is why the refrigerator should not be too full. The refrigerator door should not be kept open for too long. Correct functioning is checked by placing a thermometer inside the refrigerator.