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Fresh Meat and Seafood
  • Fresh meat and seafood bought from the market are at room temperature and should be cooked as soon as possible.  They should not be put into the refrigerator for consuming after some time.
  • If the items are not cooked immediately, take them out from the bag,  wipe off the moist on the surface, wrap with plastic paper or storage bag, then keep them in the lower shelf of the refrigerator for cooking later on.
  • Fresh meat can be stored inside a zip-lock bag before going into the freezer. Before sealing, leave a small opening at one end and slowly submerge the bag into water but do not allow any water to go inside the bag. The air inside the bag will be released, creating a vacuum effect automatically. Then seal the bag and put it inside the freezer. In this way, the meat can be stored for a much longer period.
  • Seasoned meat should be kept in the refrigerator and not at room temperature.
  • Cooked food is best eaten as soon as possible and should not left in room temperature for more than 2 hours.
Frozen Food
  • Frozen food must be kept in the freezer compartment with temperature of -18 ° C or below.
  • Remember to check the expiry date.
  • If there is a lot of crushed ice on the packing, it means the frozen food pack has been defrosted and re-frozen again.  Do not buy.
  • Divide the frozen food into small portions according to needs for cooking one at a time.  Lay it flat, wrap with plastic paper or storage bag and put in freezer compartment.  Take out the required portion/s to defrost for cooking.
  • Defrosted items should not be put back into the refrigerator.
  • Remove the frozen items from the freezer compartment and defrost them inside the refrigerator; do not defrost in room temperature.
Information on defrosting frozen items can be found in the following link:
Comparison of Different Defrosting Methods (Centre for Food Safety)