Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

10. What are the best temperatures for storing cold food?

Cold foods that you buy or have delivered should be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Refrigerate cold food within two hours of receiving it or within one hour if the air temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above. To be sure that cold foods are kept cold, set your refrigerator to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperatures inside your refrigerator.

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