Christmas Food Safety Tips
Yip it’s hard to believe, this day next month the festivities will be over, the ‘big man’ will have been and we’ll all be left with the pain of bills to deal with in the new year.
In the run up to this time of giving and receiving take a few sensible steps to ensure you don’t give or receive anything you’d rather not have – I’m talking about food poisoning of course.
We might jest and say we could do with losing a few pounds after the seasonal excesses but for the young, elderly or those who are already ill, food poisoning can have serious consequences.
A few tips:
- Buy meats from reputable suppliers – your local supermarket or butcher will have done checks on their suppliers to ensure they have food safety management systems in place including staff training. If you’re buying your turkey directly from a farmer don’t be afraid to ask about their food safety practices and if they have done food hygiene training (it is a legal requirement)
- Plan for extra storage – your fridge has never seen so much food and is bulging at the seams! Make sure you prioritise storage of meats and other foods on which bacteria will grow readily. Raw meats should be stored towards the bottom shelves and cooked and ready to eat foods near the top.
Dare I say it – the liquid refreshments can be stored in another cold place in your home.
Enjoy the run up to this Christmas season and don’t forget about sharing safe food as well as gifts.