Food safety during lockdown

Food safety during lockdown

The COVID lockdown we are all living under has fundamentally changed us both as individuals and a society. Practically every aspect of our lives has been affected including how we consume food. All restaurants, hotels and public houses have been closed with only take aways allowed to stay open. Even at that quite a number take aways are choosing not to open while some restaurants have reconfigured to operate as a take away for the duration of the crisis. This has meant that for most of us the vast majority of our food will now be prepared at home.

This is an important time to review the recommended steps for food safety when cooking at home.

There may be a temptation in a crisis to panic buy larger amounts of food than is needed. Indeed councils in England have recorded an increase in food waste over recent weeks as shoppers have overstocked their fridges. Consumers must adhere to Use by dates and not be tempted to use food past this date just because they have purchased it. All available information is that supermarket supply chains are robust and will be maintained.

When preparing and cooking food at home it is vital that we follow the 4 Cs of food safety 1) Clean: Wash Hands, Utensils, and Surfaces Often; 2) Cross Contaminate; Care must be taken to avoid cross contamination) Cook to the Right Temperature; and 4) Chill: Refrigerate and freeze food at the required temperature. Adhering to these simple fundamental rules help ensure the food we prepare and consume at home is safe.