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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-west of England 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 north-west of England:

  • 71% of North West residents said they never eat burgers if the meat is still pink; in the rest of the country only 58% said they never eat burgers with pink meat.
  • 40% of people in the North West defrosted frozen meat or fish according to FSA guidelines, either in the microwave (5%) or in the fridge (35%).
  • 43% sometimes wash raw chicken. Washing chicken risks spreading bacteria and should be avoided.
  • A third (34%) of people in the North West do not always check use-by dates before cooking or preparing food.
  • 58% said that they check their fridge temperature, but half (49%) did not know that a fridge should be kept between 0°C and 5°C.

Emma Brass, Eden District Council’s Principal Environmental Health Officer for Food Safety, said: “These figures show that there's more that people in north-west of England could do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe this summer. That's why Eden District 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 is greater.”

For tips on how to stay safe this summer visit: www.food.gov.uk/safe-summer-food

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Notes to Editors:

For more information about the Food and You data please visit www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2017/16111/latest-food-and-you-survey-report-published Food and You is used to collect information about the public’s self-reported behaviours, attitudes and knowledge relating to food issues. It provides data on people’s reported food purchasing, storage, preparation, consumption and factors that may affect these. The Food and You survey is published once every two years, and individual country reports for Wales and Northern Ireland will be published in April 2017.