Eat safe this summer
Published on Tuesday, 20th June 2017
Avoid food poisoning over the summer months
EAT SAFE THIS SUMMER
We all love it when the weather gets warmer. But did you know that you might need to think harder about food safety in the summer months? New research indicates that people in North Warwickshire could be putting themselves and their families at risk of food poisoning through lack of knowledge of the 4Cs of food hygiene: Chilling, Cooking, Cleaning and avoiding Cross-contamination.
The Food Standards Agency’s Food and You Survey, which collects information on food safety through 3,118 interviews across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, found that in the West midlands
• 53% of respondents said that they never check their fridge temperature and 45% said they did not know what the fridge temperature should be, suggesting that many people’s fridges may not be between the recommended 0 and 5°C.
• 32% thought the correct method for defrosting meat or fish was leaving it at room temperature, putting themselves at higher risk of food poisoning as germs multiply more quickly at room temperature. Food should be thoroughly defrosted overnight in the fridge.
• A fifth of people in the West Midlands said that they don’t use different chopping boards for different foods, which increases the risk of cross-contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods.
• One in ten (11%) do not always cook food until it is steaming hot throughout.
Stephen Whiles, Environmental Health Manager, from North Warwickshire Borough Council said:
“These figures show that there's more that people in this region could do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe this summer. That's why North Warwickshire Borough Council is working with the Food Standards Agency to promote good hygiene practices during Food Safety Week (19 – 25 June). This year the week aims to encourage better hygiene practices for summer, when the risk of getting food poisoning goes up”
For tips on how to stay safe this summer visit: https://www.food.gov.uk/safe-summer-food
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