As a rule, all food refrigerates must be cooled down by a low temperature (1℉ to 4ℋ F (50-60℉ C) with an air temperature at or below 0℃ (10 °C). In this case, the temperature of the product must be kept below 60℉ (15 °C). However, some foods, such as citrus and honey, may be considered “stale” and may not require this condition.
In other cases, a food may be stored in a refrigerator and is recommended to be refrigerated for a minimum of three months by a person knowledgeable about foods refrigeration, who has been trained in refrigerator maintenance.
When is a food not safe to store at room temperature?
Foods that, by nature of their composition, cannot be heated above 0℃ (10 °C) or must be stored at low temperatures may be stored in a refrigerator. However, foods that may be stored in a refrigerator include:
canned fruits, vegetables, and grains
cookies and crackers
meat (e.g., meatloaf or beef)
bread and breadcrumbs
meats, poultry, and seafood
sourdough and sourdough breads
fruits and vegetables, such as kiwis, strawberries, melons, melons, and grapes
meat and dairy products
dishes and snacks such as pizzas
dishes and cookies
fruit juice and fruit juices
Safeway Foods’ refrigerated sauces are good examples of products that meet this standard for a minimum of three months. Saffron may be refrigerated over the counter during the storage period to maintain shelf life, but it may not be added to a product for this purpose. However, most other vegetables and fruits can be kept in refrigerators; however, some foods such as tomatoes may be more suitable for such use.
For more information, go to our Food Safety page.
Although most canned foods are best consumed fresh, most foods can be preserved in a liquid form.
Safeway Foods does not provide storage advice specifically for canned meats,