In the first part of this guide, we discussed the importance of food safety in the home and of food safety training in food-providing businesses. We also looked at the first three Christmas food safety tips published by Edinburgh Council. Now let’s take a look at a few more things you need to know to stay safe and healthy during the festive period:
- Follow defrosting guidelines carefully, and don’t cut corners
- Keep raw meat separate from vegetables, cooked meat and all drinks – never let it drip onto other food products in the fridge
- Make sure your fridge temperature is set at 5°C or below
- Check ‘Use By’ dates on food products before serving
- Once you’ve bought frozen or chilled food, get home quickly and put it in the fridge or freezer before it gets warm or starts to thaw
- Always cook food thoroughly – if you aren’t sure whether it’s cooked, add a few minutes onto the cooking time. Never take the risk.
- Keep cold food at a cold temperature and hot food at a hot temperature
- Avoid eating food that contains raw eggs – there is a risk of salmonella when eating raw eggs
- If you are reheating leftovers, ensure they are piping hot. Also, you should avoid re-heating leftovers more than once.