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7.3 Temperature during storage

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Quality Assured Pork / Cold store and vehicle operating procedures

7.3.1 The storage area shall, under maximum load, maintain product temperatures within specification 

7.3.2 The temperature of chilled pork raw material during storage shall be -2°C to +5°C. 

7.3.3 The temperature of chilled meat preparations during storage shall be between -2°C to +4°C. 

7.3.4 The temperature of chilled offal during storage shall be between -2°C to +3°C.

7.3.5 The temperature of frozen pork raw material during storage shall be -18°C or colder.

7.3.6 Where deep chilled storage is carried out, the standard operating procedure shall clearly state the minimum and maximum storage/meat temperature, and the action to be taken if this cannot be maintained

7.3.7 All pork raw material (carcase or cuts) shall maintain identify, its assured status, kill date, and durability date throughout storage.


The storage area may be equipped with auto door closure, air or strip curtains to minimise ingress of warm air during stock transfers.

Dependent on the process e.g. cold storage or tempering the refrigeration temperature may be set to a target temperature to allow for temperature fluctuations caused by defrost cycles, doors opening during stock transfer etc. 


The following sub clauses shall be verified:

  • Clause 7.3.1 records of temperature monitoring system at maximum load
  • Clause 7.3.2 to 7.3.6 examples of temperature control records.