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How can refrigerated containers keep your produce safe?
Refrigerated containers can be used to store a number of different food products and your needs will determine the size and type of cold store you choose. 10ft to 45ft cold storage facilities with multiple added extras are available for smaller to medium sized businesses but if you are looking to expand, you may want toconsider an extra wide cold store.
If you are considering a start-up business in the food produce sector, then you may want to consider the types of foodstuffs that are best placed in refrigerated containers and why refrigeration is crucial to preserve the quality of your goods.
Meat and Poultry
Bacteria can develop very quickly in raw meat and poultry and therefore, the correct temperature is imperative to ensure the safety of your goods. It is advised by the British Food Federation that the long term storage of products such as raw meat, poultry and fish should ideally be kept at temperatures of around -20 to -28 degrees.
Keeping the temperature of your refrigerated container level is very important to ensure the quality of your produce does not deteriorate. Remote internet temperature monitoring is available for all larger cold stores, making it easy to keep a check on all of your goods no matter you are.
Fish and Shellfish
Like all products, fish and shellfish must be stored at the right temperature if you wish to maintain quality and freshness.
Although an average temperature of -20 to -28 degrees is legally acceptable, oily fish such as mackerel is best stored at around -30 or -40 degrees and tuna at -50, to ensure they are of a superior quality.
It is therefore important to ensure you are aware of the correct temperature for your fish, as you may need to consider a blast freezer, rather than a refrigerated container for quality long term storage.
Dairy products that are subject to effective preservative methods are not restricted by specific temperature controls. However, the correct procedures must be put in place to prevent spoilage of said product before it reaches the consumer.
Soft and semi-hard cheese that is ripened by moulds or bacteria must be placed under chill holding to prevent the spread of pathogens that lead to disease and illness.
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are not subject to the same scrutiny as raw meat, poultry or fish but can and should be kept in refrigerated containers.
This refrigeration will prolong shelf life, halt the growth of bacteria and ensure that the produce does not spoil before it reaches the secondary cold store or customer.
All CRS cold stores have a -35 to +35 degree option as standard and are therefore perfect for keeping vegetables, as well as meat, fish and dairy fresh and nutritious.
If you have any cold storage needs contact CRS Cold Storage on 0800 085 2298 or click here.
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