Increase the proportion of people who refrigerate food within 2 hours after cooking — FS‑10

Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
85.0 percent (2016)

88.0 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

85.0 percent of consumers correctly followed the recommendation to properly chill a soup or stew containing meat in 2016

Increase the proportion of consumers who follow the key food safety practice of "Chill: refrigerate promptly"

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement

Data Source:  Food Safety Survey, FDA


Putting food in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking can prevent or slow the growth of bacteria. Educating people about the importance of refrigerating food promptly is critical for preventing diseases caused by contaminated food.

Workgroup: Food Safety Workgroup