Proper Refrigeration Placement Of Raw Meat, Chicken, And Fish

  • Place raw meat, chicken, or fish on the bottom shelf for two reasons, food scientist Susan Brewer, Ph.D. explains:   1) it’s  cooler there because warmer air rises; and 2) when on the bottom shelf, raw items cannot “drip”  (and contaminate) other foods that may not be cooked before being consumed. 

Susan Brewer, Ph.D,, University of Illinois, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
eHow: How to Do Just About Everything  “How to Store Fruit in a Refrigerator”
USDA Fact Sheets Safe Food Handling   Refrigeration and Food Safety
USDA Factsheet: “Molds on Food”
University of Hawaii and USDA factsheet: “Store it. Don’t Ignore it!”
USDA Handbook: “Kitchen Companion”
The Today show website: “Fridge Findings: Learn Where to Store your Food” (2006)
Brewer, M.S. and Chapman-Novakofski, K. 2006.  “Meat Safety for the Consumer,” University of Illinois Extension 


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