SAFE FOOD STORAGE
Why do we store food?
Food is stored to prevent deterioration or contamination by
- Microorganisms (e.g. fungi, bacteria)
- Insects and mites
- Rodents (rats and mice)
- Metabolic activity (natural death)
- Chemicals (e.g. pesticides)
Commodities that may be stored are:
- Perishables (fruits and vegetables)
- Semi-perishables (roots and tubers)
- Durables (cereal grains)
Food must be stored so that-
- the quality does not deteriorate during storage.
- the quantity in storage is not unintentionally reduced.
- it is secure against pests, disease and physical loss,
- it is accessible at the time and in the quantity required.
Some Food Storage Tips
Perishables must be stored -
- in a cool and controlled environment.
- with compatible products (onions and garlic impart odours, ethylene producing fruits e.g. tomatoes should not be stored with green leafy vegetables).
Durables are to be stored -
- in a cool dry place.
- off the ground.
- off the wall.
- away from the ceiling.
- away from appliances that produce heat.