Consumers' responsibility for product safety
It is up to you, the consumer, to ensure that the cold chain is not broken when you travel home from the shops!
Safely home from the shop
Make sure that the cold chain is not broken when you travel home from the shops. If you are making a long journey, consider using a coolbag. As soon as you get home, put food products that must be chilled straight into the refrigerator. Check that the refrigerator is set to the correct temperature. The recommended temperature is between +2°C and +5°C. Always store easily perishable foods in the coldest part of the refrigerator. The coldest part of the refrigerator varies depending on the device. Normally, the coldest part of the refrigerator is at the bottom, while the warmest part is the top shelf. Foods that have been cooked and chilled should be stored on the top shelf of the refrigerator to prevent them from transmitting flavours and aromas to other food.
The labels on food packaging will often state which temperature the food should be stored at. If you store food at a higher temperature than that stated in the storage instructions, the product may spoil before the use-by date stated on the packaging.