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Perishable food temperature in retail stores.


The temperature of four categories of foods (frozen foods, cured meats, refrigerated dairy products and produce) were measured in 28 retail stores in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (Canada). The overall mean temperatures, during the winter and summer surveys respectively, for all four categories of foods were: frozen foods, -13.4 and -11.5 deg C; cured meats, 4.1 and 3.9 deg C; refrigerated dairy products, 4.7 and 4.4 deg C; fresh fruit and vegetables, 7.6 and 8.4 deg C. The two categories of perishable foods showing the greatest temperature abuse at the retail level were frozen foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. For all food products tested, samples at the front of the display cabinets were significantly warmer than those at the back. Fresh fruits and vegetables were the only product that showed a significant difference in temperature along the left-centre-right axis of the display case.

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  • Original title: Perishable food temperature in retail stores.
  • Record ID : 1997-1484
  • Languages: English
  • Source: New Developments in Refrigeration for Food Safety and Quality.
  • Publication date: 1996/10/02
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