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Avoid food poisoning this Christmas

Published on Tuesday, 18th December 2018

Lets Talk Turkey

Hambleton District Council is urging everyone to follow their festive tips – and avoid being a victim of food poisoning over the holidays.

There are an estimated one million cases of food poisoning in the UK every year =and this doesn’t stop during Christmas. 

Environmental health officers advise:

·       checking the guidance on your turkey to ensure you have enough time to fully defrost it – it could take as much as 4 days

·       don’t wash raw turkey - it just splashes germs on to your hands, clothes, utensils and worktops

·       working out the cooking time for your bird, check the instructions on the packaging and when cooked check it is steaming hot throughout; there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part and meat juices run clear

·       your turkey leftovers can be used to make a new meal which can then be frozen, but make sure you only reheat it once.

Paul Staines, Director of Leisure and Environment commented: “Cooking a Christmas roast for a large gathering can be a challenge, and it is vital that the turkey and other meat is stored, defrosted and cooked correctly. Likewise, leftovers from Christmas need to be properly reheated so they are piping hot to avoid food poisoning.”

And Adam Hardgrave, Head of Foodborne Disease Control at the Food Standards Agency, said: “The four Cs of food hygiene: Chilling, Cleaning, Cooking and avoiding Cross-contamination are important throughout the year, but especially at Christmas. It’s important to remember to plan ahead and allow plenty of time. Remember that an average-sized turkey can take four days to fully thaw in the fridge, and it is vital to thoroughly cook a turkey so that the meat is steaming hot, there is no pink meat visible, and that the meat juices run clear.”

For more information contact Hambleton District Council Environmental Team on 01609 779977.