Refrigerator and Freezer Temperatures

Safe storage of food is important to for ensuring resident health and wellbeing, and part of keeping food safe is ensuring that it is stored at a safe temperature. Refrigerators should be maintained to a maximum of 40 degrees F (some states require 39 degrees F), and freezers to a maximum of 0 degrees F. It is also a good practice to document the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer on a regular basis to ensure the safe storage of food and to show to state regulators/inspectors if there is ever a question regarding storage temperatures. 

Click here to download a sample refrigerator and freezer temperature log. Instruct your staff to check and document temperature regularly, such as on each, or as required in your state regulations.

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