Most of us love the warmer weather but Rushcliffe residents are being encouraged to think harder about food safety during the summer months.
Food Safety Week is this week (19-25 June) where the Food Standards Agency promote good hygiene practices. New research indicates that people in the East Midlands 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 East Midlands:
- Only 70% of people always cooked food until it was steaming hot throughout. This is the lowest proportion in the country.
- 44% said they generally defrost meat or fish at room temperature, despite guidelines to defrost meat or fish in the fridge or the microwave.
- Less than half (45%) knew that a fridge should be kept between 0°C and 5°C, and 47% don’t check their fridge temperature.
- A third (35%) washed raw chicken at least sometimes – washing chicken risks spreading bacteria and should be avoided.
- A quarter of people in the East Midlands never use different chopping boards for different foods.
Cllr Debbie Mason, Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure at Rushcliffe Borough Council said:
“These figures show that Rushcliffe residents can do more to keep themselves and their loved-ones safe this summer. That’s why we’re working with the Food Standards Agency to promote good hygiene practices during Food Safety Week. This year, the week aims to encourage better hygiene practices in summer, when the risk of getting food poisoning goes up.”