Does Your Refrigerator Have a Fever? Get a Refrigerator Thermometer and Find Out
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
Although the refrigerator is an essential kitchen appliance, Americans lack important knowledge on how to keep foods safe in the fridge. A survey conducted by the American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods Foundation found that most consumers don't understand the consequences of storing foods at an incorrect temperature.
Just four out of 10 consumers recognize that eating food stored in a refrigerator with a temperature higher than 40F would increase the likelihood of foodborne illness. According to experts, cold temperatures (40F or below) keep harmful bacteria from growing rapidly.
Refrigerator temperatures fluctuate, especially from season to season. The best way to regulate your refrigerator is with a refrigerator thermometer. Set the thermometer in the center of the middle shelf (not on the door) and keep it inside at all times. Most importantly, check the temperature regularly to be sure your food is stored safely below 40F! Adjust the settings on the control dial accordingly.