Everything to Know About Meat Storage According to FDA

Meat is one of the major six food groups and meat storage is a delicate matter. Since meat is liable to rot easily, it should be kept in a refrigerator under careful conditions so that its life can be prolonged and it can be kept safe from microorganisms. If unfortunately, you notice any changes in the texture, odor or taste of the meat and its products, know that it has been expired and belongs to the dustbin now.

As a matter of fact, a lot of meat is collected in every house at the delightful occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. Many of us, being unaware of and ignoring the rules of meat storage face unpleasant circumstances where all the meat that they manage to amass goes to waste.

You will be thanking us this Eid after reading everything you need to know about meat storage in this article. Following these guidelines and tips is the condition!

FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE THE CHILLED MEAT STORAGE:

  • Animal species
  • pH
  • Initial bacterial contamination level
  • Storage temperature
  • Packaging type

The Ph equal to or greater than 6 will contribute in spoiling the meat quicker as compared to a Ph which is less than 6. Moreover, high level of bacterial contamination in the beginning will not allow the meat to store for long.

WHAT IS THE IDEAL STORAGE TEMPERATURE FOR MEAT STORAGE?

In order to store the meat for long period of time, the chilled meat should be kept at a temperature of -10C to 00C. The cooler the temperature, the longer the storage life.

Furthermore, if the meat is packed in a modifies atmosphere of 100% CO2 or by using vacuum packaging, it is likely to store for longer time.

 

CHILLED MEAT STORAGE LIFE:

 

Product

 

Refrigerator storage life

 

Fresh meat (beef, lamb, veal)

 

3 to 5 days

 

Meat leftovers

 

1 to 4 days

 

In air (00C to 20C):

Beef (stockinette)

Beef (poly wrapped)

Lamb and mutton

Animal organs

 

 

3-4 weeks

12 days

10-13 days

7 days

 

Vacuum packed (00C):

Beef

Lamb and mutton

Animal organs

 

 

10-12 weeks

6-10 weeks

3-4 weeks

 

CO2 (100%) gas flushed (00C):

Lamb and mutton

 

 

Up to 16 weeks

 

FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE THE FROZEN MEAT STORAGE:

  • Temperature of storage
  • Packaging type
  • Degree of fat saturation

It is important to know that if you have already kept the meat in the refrigerator for some time before freezing, it would decrease the frozen storage life of it.

FROZEN MEAT STORAGE LIFE:

 

Product

 

 

At -120C

 

At -180C

 

At -240C

 

Beef (stockinette)

 

 

12 months

 

18 months

 

24 months

 

Lamb and mutton (wrapped)

 

 

8

 

16

 

18

 

Veal (wrapped)

 

 

4

 

14

 

8

Ground beef (wrapped)468
 

Beef steaks (vacuum packed)

 

 

8

 

18

 

24

 

Lamb chops (wrapped)

 

 

12

 

18

 

24

 

Liver

 

 

4

 

12

 

18

 

Cooked meats

 

 

3

 

4

 

 

So, avoid over-filling your refrigerators and freezers with the meat this Eid. It is better to share and distribute some of the meat among the poor and less privileged people who, unlike you, cannot afford to eat meat the whole year, whenever they want to. This year, share meat and share happiness. After all, Eid is a festival of happiness and glee.

Sources:

http://www.meatupdate.csiro.au/Storage-Life-of-Meat.pdf

https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/ResourcesForYou/HealthEducators/UCM109315.pdf

 

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