Attack of the killer refrigerator bugs may sound like a bad "B" movie, but scarily enough the bacteria that cause food poisoning can thrive in any fridge. More worrisome is a laundry list of nasty (and invisible) microbes, the kind that like to set up shop in the average not-so-spotless, and definitely not-cold-enough, refrigerator.Here's the low down on everything you need to know, and do, to keep your fridge from making you sick.
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Marge Perry
August 09, 2012

Is it true that eggs and milk should not be kept on the door of the refrigeratorand if so, why?

It is true: the door is the warmest spot in your fridge. Every time you open the door, items stored there are directly exposed to your warmer kitchen. Items in the very back of the shelves, on the other hand, stay the coolest. Milk and eggs are highly perishable and should be kept at a steady, cool temperature. The door shelves are better suited to less perishable items like ketchup, salad dressing, soda, and jams and jellies.

For more food storage tips, see Can Your Refrigerator Kill You?

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