Nobody wants to throw away food. But how sure are you that the food you’ve stored in the fridge for days (or even weeks!) is still safe for your family to eat? Anthony Herrera of food safety company Ecolab Philippines, Inc. answers some frequently asked questions on proper food storage. Take this quiz and test your know-how on food storage safety.
1. What should your refrigerator’s temperature be to preserve food’s freshness? A. Below 0°C B. 0-5°C C. 5-100°C
ANSWER: B ServSafe, the food industry leader in food safety training and certification, recommends refrigerators to be set at 5°C or below.
2. Can pork, chicken, fish and shrimp be stored in one compartment inside the fridge? A. No, fish, poultry and meat should be stored separately inside the fridge. B. Yes, pork, chicken and fish products wrapped separately may be stored in one compartment. C. It is best not to buy them all at the same time.
ANSWER: B Meat, poultry and seafood products may be stored in one compartment as long as you wrap them separately to prevent cross-contamination. Poultry has the highest microbial load, followed by pork, beef, and then fish and seafood.
3. Is it okay to buy ground meat even if you won’t consume it within the next two days or so? A. Yes, as long as it is kept well frozen. B. No, it should be consumed immediately upon purchase. C. It depends on the brand of meat products you buy.
ANSWER: A Ground meat spoils faster because it has more surface area exposed to bacteria. Recommended storage period is 1-2 days in the refrigerator, and 2-3 days in the freezer.
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