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Summer food tips.

Food safety week is here and the health protection agency (HPA) is using it to remind us how to prepare food healthily.

Cases of food poisoning increase during the summer with the barbecue season.

Many of these infections, including salmonella, are quite nasty but can be easily avoided. The HPA has given out their top ten tips for safe food preparation, to enjoy a barbecue with peace of mind.

Keep cooked and uncooked meats on different shelves in the fridge.

Check all meats are defrosted thoroughly before cooking

Light the barbecue well in advance of cooking so the grill is hot when you start.

Wash your hands before and after handling any food.

Store raw meats and food that does not need cooking separately to avoid cross-contamination.

Use different knives and chopping boards for cooked and uncooked food.

After touching raw meat, don't pick at salads or breads before washing your hands.

No spit roasts on the barbecue. Large joints are best done in a proper oven.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2005
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