Safe Food Handling

Critical Temperatures

The leading cause of food-borne illness is time and temperature abuse. Temperature abuse of food occurs when food is left at temperatures that are above 4°C (40°F) and below 60°C (140°F). This temperature range is commonly called The Danger Zone. Below are the temperatures you should know.

The Danger Zone

The Danger Zone is a temperature range between 4°C (40°F) and 60°C (140°F). When hazardous food is left in this temperature range, harmful bacteria grow and multiply fast. To prevent bacterial growth, keep hot food above 60°C (140°F) and cold food below 4°C (40°F).

Thawing Foods Safely

Do you thaw foods safely? Thawing of hazardous food at room temperature could lead to foodborne illness. One way to prevent foodborne illness is to control the temperature of food and to keep food out of the temperature danger zone.