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Food Safety at Christmas

Every year, there are an estimated 1 million cases of food poisoning in the UK, the easiest way to protect your family this Christmas is to ensure you store and cook food safely.

Christmas turkey


Let's talk turkey

With two thirds of UK households choosing to have roast turkey for their Christmas dinner, the Food Standards Agency is offering tips on how to you can safely prepare turkey at home.

From buying turkey, right through to storing leftovers, there are a number of food hygiene tips that you can follow over the festive period.


Top turkey tips 

1)    When Christmas food shopping, take sufficient bags with you so that you can separate out raw and ready-to-eat foods to avoid cross-contamination.

2)    Check the guidance on your turkey to ensure you have enough time to fully defrost it - it could take as much as 4 days.

3)    Don't wash raw turkey; it just splashes germs onto your hands, clothes, utensils and worktops.

4)    To work out the cooking time for your bird, check the instructions on the packaging. Check that: the meat is steaming hot throughout; there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part and meat juices run clear.

5)      You can use previously cooked turkey (even if it was frozen) to make a new meal, such as a turkey curry. This new meal can be frozen, but make sure you only reheat it once.


For more food safety information this Christmas, visit Food Standards Agency - Let's talk turkey or follow @foodgov #LetsTalkTurkey on Twitter for tips and advice throughout the festive period.

 

Last modified: 07 December 2017