Using the recommended food storage techniques can help prevent cross-contamination. Proper food storage in the fridge is essential in preventing cross-contamination since many foods are often stored together in the fridge. In the fridge environment, disease-causing micro-organisms can spread from food items if not properly organized. When storing your food in the fridge, ensure that you follow the following guidelines:
1. Always keep raw meat and dairy products well stored in tightly sealed and sturdy containers to prevent contact with other food items. Raw meat can also be stored by wrapping it properly. Proper wrapping of the meat ensures that it doesn’t drip any fluids to other food items.
Dairy products should also be stored in well-sealed or tightly corked containers as they can be good culturing ground for bacteria. Proper storage of dairy products prevents spillage in the fridge, which prevents the occurrence of cross-contamination.
2. When storing food, it is important that you follow the recommended order, which is based on the internal cooking temperature of the food items. By storing food in the correct order top to bottom, cross-contamination can be prevented. From the top, store ready-to-eat food items, followed by seafood, then cuts of pork and beef, ground fish and ground meat, then ground and whole poultry.
3. Keep your veggies and fruits fresh and away from the meat products. If possible, store meat products in separate refrigeration units in your fridge, preferably the freezer. Keeping these raw foods from other ready-to-eat food items is also vital in preventing cross-contamination. Washing fruits and vegetables before storing as it helps remove some of the disease-causing micro-organisms. Remember, these fruits and some of the vegetables are eaten raw and proper hygiene should be maintained.