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Temperature: the danger zone

An important part of food safety is food temperature and storage. Bacteria can grow on food that isn’t kept at the proper temperature.

The ideal temperature zone for bacteria to multiply in high-risk food is known as the ‘temperature danger zone.’ When handling food, always make sure that you keep high risk food in the temperature danger zone for as short a time as possible.

Click on the different temperature zones below to find out more.

Hot Food Zone TEMPERATURE DANGER ZONE Cold Food Zone Frozen Food Zone
Image of thermometer: Hot food zone.Image of thermometer: Temperature danger zone.Image of thermometer: Cold food zone.Image of thermometer: Frozen food zone.
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