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:
1. Follow defrosting guidelines carefully, and don’t cut corners
2. Keep raw meat separate from vegetables, cooked meat and all drinks – never let it drip onto other food products in the fridge
3. Make sure your fridge temperature is set at 5°C or below
4. Check ‘Use By’ dates on food products before serving
5. 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
6. 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.
7. Keep cold food at a cold temperature and hot food at a hot temperature
8. Avoid eating food that contains raw eggs – there is a risk of salmonella when eating raw eggs
9. If you are reheating leftovers, ensure they are piping hot. Also, you should avoid re-heating leftovers more than once.