Is Your Fridge Making You Sick? Know How To Prevent It

We make sure the fridge and freezer temperature monitoring must be included into restaurant refrigeration repair in Sydney. It will help to prevent food poisoning and wastage of food. In most cases, we have found that fridges are not set to the correct temperature, which eventually can cause an unsafe environment to store the food. Did you know, improper temperature multiplies harmful bacteria at an alarming rate?
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Fridge temperature should be kept below 20°C and -15°C should be kept for freezers. Keeping the food at these temperatures significantly slows down the growth of the harmful bacteria resulting in minimised food spoilage.

However, it is important to reassess the fridge temperature from season to season and make sure your food is kept at the right temperature all year round.

Fridge maintenance: Fridge cleaning and maintenance is one of the overlooked aspects, and that is the reason for most food contamination to make you sick. Did you know, a dirty fridge can also cause the growth of Listeria and Salmonella.

As per the studies, the average frost-free home fridge with the salad drawers alone can contain on an average 7,850 bacteria units per square centimetre. Our professionals for commercial fridge repairs in Sydney recommend the bacteria amount 0-10 on safe food preparation per square metre. It requires proper cleaning to avoid the growth of the bacteria.

Food storage: Correct food storage is necessary since there are different temperature zones in the fridge, and different food will be kept in different sections. For example, high risks foods such as cow milk, eggs, rice, pasta etc. shouldn’t be kept at the fridge door. Instead, store them at the place where the temperature is more stable.

Raw meat should be kept at the bottom shelf after covering it properly. It will help to avoid harmful bacteria from travelling from one shelve to another.

For other processed food, always keep them in a strong and air-tight container. Make sure the containers you use are specially designed using non-toxic materials and ideal to store food.

Freezer safety: Freezers need to be set to -15°C or below and should be checked often to make sure the temperature is stable. Moreover, spare overcrowding the freezers, as there should be enough free space for air circulation. Even when storing food, make sure the food is properly packaged with a tight sealing.

The cooked meals must be cooled down before keeping them in the fridge. In such case, the food should be cooled down to the point, where no more steam rises. Also, you should remember that no food should be frozen, fruits, vegetables, watermelon, cucumber can get spongy when defrosted. Even, spare putting raw eggs in the freezer, since the expanded liquid can crack the shell.

Lastly, keep your fridge door closed in the event of a power outage. Our Sydney fridge repair professionals recommend relocating all the perishable items to the coldest part of the fridge, preferably at the middle shelves.