According to WRAP, half of the households in the United Kingdom have their refrigerators set at a too high temperature, namely at 7 degrees Celsius. A good reason for all of us to check the temperature of our own refrigerators. The food waste organisation explains that you should keep your food at a temperature between 0 and 5 degrees Celsius if you want to be able to keep it fresh for as long as possible.
The food we store in our fridge isn’t suitable to be stored at a temperature above 5 degrees Celsius, Helen White from WRAP explains to The Huffington Post. “Our fridges are often too hot for our food to handle, which means that milk and other food items are going off too soon and getting thrown away,” she says. The result of this is that households need to throw out a lot of food, the average cost of which is a whopping 70 pounds a month in the UK.
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