Food storage - video transcript

Brisbane City Council is committed to promoting safe food practices in order to support small businesses and protect the health of our city’s residents and visitors.

This video provides tips on how you can store food safely.

Tip 1: Store food:

  • covered
  • in food-grade containers
  • off the floor
  • away from chemicals.

Transfer contents from open tins or bags to food-grade containers.

Label food accordingly.

Store food away from chemicals and off the floor.

Tip 2: Store raw food separate from ready-to-eat food, such as salads and rice paper rolls. Place raw food on the lowest shelf.

Store ready-to-eat food above raw food in a cold room or a refrigerator.

Notify the manager if food is stored incorrectly.

Throw away food that may be contaminated.

Give feedback to staff and provide more training if required.

Tip 3: Store potentially hazardous food under temperature control, below 5 °C or above 60 °C to minimise the growth of bacteria that cause food poisoning.

Potentially hazardous foods include:

  • meats or foods containing meat
  • dairy products
  • processed fruits and vegetables such as salads
  • cooked rice
  • eggs and other protein-rich foods, for example, omelettes and soy products.

Store potentially hazardous food in a cold room or a refrigerator.

Check food packaging for storage instructions.

Monitor the temperature of food in the cold room or refrigerator.

Report any issues to your manager.

If you are unsure how long the food has been in the danger zone (above 5 °C), throw it away to avoid food poisoning.

Arrange repair of equipment that is not working correctly.

More information

To find out more, visit and search for Eat Safe Brisbane or call Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last updated:11 September 2019