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Love Food Hate Waste is urging the nation to Chill the Fridge Out this World Food Day (today) after a survey revealed half of the population don’t know what temperature their fridge should be[1].

The findings were made as part of a food trends poll conducted by its parent charity, WRAP, who quizzed over 3000 people from all four corners of the UK. This supports previous research[2] which revealed the average fridge is running at 7 degrees Celsius, despite Food Standard Agency guidelines of 0-5 degrees.

£15 billion worth of edible food[3] is binned by UK households every year, with incorrect storage being cited as a major cause of its waste. This includes the equivalent of 3 million glasses of milk, enough for 160 million cups of tea, that get poured down the nation’s kitchen sinks every day. In a fridge set at the right temperature, milk – the country’s third most wasted food product- and other chilled foods can last three days longer.

To help the public get their fridges below 5 degrees, Love Food Hate Waste today launched a free to use online tool called and a social media campaign with a chance to win a Hotpoint fridge freezer. The easy to use tool demonstrates how to achieve optimum chill in 24 of the most popular fridge brands, as temperature controls vary hugely between makes and models.

Helen White, from Love Food Hate Waste said: “We are clearly a nation divided when it comes to fridge temperatures. Our fridges are often too hot for our food to handle, which means that milk and other food items are going off too soon and getting thrown away. We wouldn’t chuck money in the bin, but the average UK family wastes £70 a month by wasting food that could have been eaten. What’s more, if global food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the US. Food waste is a significant contributor to climate change.

She continued: “Love Food Hate Waste has created this tool to unite the nation in the fight against food waste. If we all make small changes then together we can make a big difference. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we just Chill the Fridge Out?”

Today’s UN World Food Day focuses on achieving Zero Hunger by 2030.  The food that is wasted in UK homes every day is enough to feed 33 million people a decent meal. Or 2.7 million families of four, three meals a day for a whole year! That is more than enough for every family in London.

In addition to using the tool, Love Food Hate Waste also recommends these top five tips to get your fridge below 5 degrees:

  • Shut the fridge door!

The temperature inside a fridge rises significantly each time the door is opened and could take hours to cool down again. Make sure you shut the door when you get your milk out to make a cuppa.

  • Use a thermometer

Keep a fridge thermometer inside your fridge so you can keep an eye on the temperature. These are available from retailers such as Lakeland, Robert Dyas, Wilko and others.

  • Don’t put hot food straight in the fridge

Cool cooked food at room temperature and place in the fridge within one to two hours.

·         Store food in the right area of the fridge

Some parts of the fridge are less cool than others – for example, the door.  Take a look at our video for advice on where best to store different items.

  • Keep it cool

Use a cool bag to keep chilled food cool on the way home from the shops.

Go to and use #ChillTheFridgeOut on social to find out how to set your fridge below 5 degrees and cut down your food waste.


To arrange spokesperson interview or for more information contact Dominique Lyons:

Landline: 02920 100112 ext. 4112


Mobile: 07713230240

For downloadable gifs and images please see Chill the Fridge Out on the Wrap Resource Library will go live 15 October 2018, 23:00


Notes to Editor:

About Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW)

Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) is a campaign from the not-for-profit organisation WRAP. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help citizens take action. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things at home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.


About the Research

  1. ‘Half of the population don’t know what temperature their fridge should be’

This was developed as part of a WRAP conducted food trends survey, size: 3,377.

Thinking about different aspects of using food in the home, please choose one of the two answers shown for the following statement to complete the sentence to the best of your knowledge:

To keep food at its best your fridge should be set to a temperature… A) below 5 degrees  B) between 4 and 7 degrees

Region/nation A% B%
Wales 54 46
N. Ireland 53 47
England 50 50
         South west 53 47
         South east 50 50
         London 50 50
         East midlands 42 58
         West midlands 47 53
         Eastern 45 55
         Yorkshire & Humberside 56 44
         North east 55 45
         North west 53 47


  1. SOURCE: ‘Impact of using your fridge and freezer more effectively’ (WRAP, 2013)

‘Milk and other food items can last up to three days longer in a fridge below 5 degrees Celsius’


  1. SOURCE: Household food waste: restated data for 2007 – 2015 (WRAP, 2018)
  • Total household food waste in the UK is 7.1 million tonnes
  • 5 million tonnes of this food waste could have been eaten (classed as ‘edible parts’)
  • The total cost of the wasted edible parts is £15 billion a year
  • 290 million litres of milk are wasted every year
  • Associated GHG emissions form total household food waste is 22Mt C02e


  1. Meal calculations using: Reporting on the amount of food surplus redistributed (weight and meal equivalents; WRAP guidance)


About the Chill the Fridge Out tool

The Chill the Fridge Out tool is the first of its kind and has been developed in conjunction with the following fridge manufacturers:

  • Whirlpool
  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • Electrolux
  • AEG
  • Zanussi
  • Bosch
  • Neff
  • Siemens
  • Hoover Candy Group
  • Sharp


About World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated around the world annually on 16 October to mark the establishment of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). This year’s theme focuses on achieving zero hunger by 2030. FAO recommends reducing food waste to help achieve this goal. See ‘What can I do to help achieve #ZeroHunger?’


About Courtauld Commitment 2025 and UN Sustainable Development Goals

This work has been completed to support the Courtauld Commitment 2025 voluntary agreement, the first voluntary agreement to tackle resource efficiency across the entire food chain from primary production on farm to point of consumption. The Courtauld Commitment 2025 has a target of a 20% reduction in food waste in the UK per capita, which includes waste across the entire food chain. Achieving this target will help the UK achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 by 2030 (which applies to consumer and retail food waste) relative to 2007, when the UK began this approach to collective action.

[1] Food Trends Survey (WRAP, 2018). Please see ‘Notes to Editor’ for details.

[2]  Impact of using your fridge and freezer more effectively (WRAP, 2015)

[3] Household food waste: restated data for 2007 – 2015 (WRAP, 2018)