Separate raw, cooked and defrosting foods

  • use separate refrigerators for raw and cooked or ready-to-eat foods, where possible. If not possible, store raw food in the bottom of a shared refrigerator and below the cooked or ready-to-eat foods
  • raw meat must be stored separately from raw vegetables
  • raw food which is being defrosted should be stored on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator in a tray or bowl that will catch any ‘drip’ as the food is defrosting
  • all foods in the process of being cooled should be kept separate from raw foods

Storing food

  • store food containers off the floor to prevent them picking up dirt which could be transferred to the work surfaces
  • separate designated equipment should be used for raw and cooked or ready-to-eat foods. If this is not possible, then it must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised between uses