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 the West 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 West Midlands:

  • 47% of respondents said that they never check their fridge temperature and 45% said they did not know what the fridge temperature should be, suggesting that many people’s fridges may not be between the recommended 0 and 5°C.
  • 34% thought the correct method for defrosting meat or fish was leaving it at room temperature, putting themselves at higher risk of food poisoning as germs multiply more quickly at room temperature.
  • A fifth of respondents said that they don’t use different chopping boards for different foods, which increases the risk of cross-contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods.
  • One in ten (11%) do not always cook food until it is steaming hot throughout.

Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services Greg Hall said: “These figures show that there's more that we can all do to keep ourselves and loved ones safe this summer.

“That's why East Staffordshire Borough Council is working with the Food Standards Agency to promote good hygiene practices during Food Safety Week between the 19th and 25th June. This year the week aims to encourage better hygiene practices for summer, when the risk of getting food poisoning goes up”

For tips on how to stay safe this summer visit: https://www.food.gov.uk/safe-summer-food or follow us on twitter @ESBCEnvHealth and like us on Facebook ESBC Environmental Health

2017-06-19 00:00:00