Council supports ‘Let‘s talk turkey‘ campaign for food safety at Christmas

5 December 2017

Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) campaign to help residents cook their festive feast with confidence this Christmas.

With two thirds of UK households choosing to have roast turkey for their Christmas dinner1, the FSA is offering tips on how to you can safely prepare turkey at home in their ‘Let’s Talk Turkey’ campaign, launched today.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Karen Shore, said: “For many of us, it wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey. However, raw and undercooked turkey can cause food poisoning and have serious consequences especially for children, people already in ill-health and older people.

“From buying turkey, right through to storing leftovers, the FSA has produced a number of food hygiene tips for the festive period.”
Top turkey tips 
  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.
  2. Check the guidance on your turkey to ensure you have enough time to fully defrost it – it could take as long as four 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.
  5. Whether you cooked your turkey from frozen or fresh, your turkey leftovers can be used to make a new meal (such as a turkey curry). This new meal can then be frozen, but make sure you only reheat it once.
Dr Kevin Hargin, Head of Foodborne Disease Control at the FSA, added: “Every year, there are an estimated one million cases of food poisoning in the UK; the easiest way to protect your family this Christmas is to ensure you store and cook food safely. 

“We have put together the ‘Let’s talk turkey’ guide, which offers tips around chilling, cleaning, cooking and avoiding cross-contamination, while also explaining some of the science behind our advice.” 

For more food safety information this Christmas, visit www.food.gov.uk/letstalkturkey or follow @foodgov #LetsTalkTurkey on Twitter for tips and advice throughout the festive period.
 

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