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Food Safety Week 2017

Let’s Talk Turkey

Every year, there are an estimated 1,000,000 cases of food poisoning in the UK. From buying your turkey, right through to storing leftovers, there are a number of food hygiene tips that people can follow to protect their loved ones over the festive period.

This is why we have put together the ‘Let’s talk turkey guide’ to offer tips around chilling, cleaning, cooking and avoiding cross-contamination.

 

Key Messages

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.Dont wash raw chicken

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.Cook Thoroughly

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

 

 

To help prevent most forms of food poisoning the 'lets talk turkey' guide offers advice on the 4C's of food hygiene: Chilling, Cleaning, Cooking and avoiding Cross-Contamination.

Click here for more information and a guide to food safety this Christmas

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