Unlike meat, fish very quickly perishes even when it is stored in a fridge. Knowing how to properly store fish in a fridge is, therefore, vital in the prevention of food-related poisoning and infections.
How to store fish in a fridge
Fish must be kept at temperatures not exceeding 32 degrees F (zero degrees C) to keep fresh. Most fridges’ ambient temperature lies at around 40 degrees F (4.45 degrees C). You can only safely store fish in a fridge by placing it onto ice as follows:
- Remove the fish from the packaging/wrapping it came in
- Place it into an air-tight bag (zip-top bags are ideal for this)
- Position the bag onto a tray or plastic tub filled with crushed ice (it must be crushed, because ice cubes take longer to melt, which could cause the fish’s skin to become discoloured)
- Replace the ice (removing any water) as it begins to melt
It should be noted that even when you store fish in a fridge in this fashion, it should still be consumed within one to two days max.
While you can do much to ensure you and your family are not exposed to the risk of food poisoning at home, there is little you can do to prevent getting ill after eating contaminated food at a restaurant. Here, the responsibility to prevent food poisoning outbreaks lies with the restaurant owner.
If a restaurant owner or the staff in their kitchen fail to prevent food poisoning incidents by not following health and safety/food hygiene regulations and you subsequently become ill, you could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our nationwide team of solicitors has been assisting food poisoning victims get the compensation they are entitled to for more than 16 years. Able to conduct most claims virtually entirely over the phone, our in-house solicitors support claimants throughout their cases and frequently manage to get claims settled out of court (this cannot be guaranteed due to variations in circumstances). We can help you to get your compensation, too.
Give us a call and discuss your food poisoning infection with an advisor today to get your compensation claim started as soon as possible. Completely confidential and obligation-free, our helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number to call is 0800 689 0500 from a landline (UK) or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice