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hygiene

Shop storage should be colder

Published tisdag 26 oktober 2010 kl 12.16
Twice as warm means twice as much food waste say experts

Swedish shops are storing food, including meat, at a much warmer temperature than in other countries.

A report in broadsheet Dagens Nyheter says that this could lead to both unnecessary waste and a high risk of deadly bacteria.

A normal household fridge should be a chilly five degrees, but Swedish shops must only cool down to eight degrees - about twice as warm as in many neighbouring countries. In no other European country is food stored at such a warm state.

Marie-Louise Danielsson Tham, a professor in food hygiene, says that in many things have to change. "It would be better for consumers and there would not be the need to throw away so much food."

Meat producers are worried - they have responded to concerns over preservative chemicals by removing sodium nitrate and now need colder storage. "We have an unusually high temperature in our delicatessen counters, says Åke Rutegård at the Swedish Meat Industry Association.

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