Let’s Talk Turkey this Christmas

Hart District Council is supporting the Food Standards Agency to help give advice on how to safely prepare turkey at home this Christmas.

Every year there are an estimated 1 million cases of food poisoning in the UK. Make sure you protect your loved ones over the festive period by following a number of food hygiene tips.

This Christmas campaign focuses on chilling, cleaning and cooking your turkey safely, and avoiding cross-contamination by using the following tips:

  • 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.
  • Check the guidance on your turkey to ensure you have enough time to fully defrost it, this could take as much as 4 days.
  • Don’t wash raw turkey; it splashes germs onto your hands, clothes, utensils and worktops.
  • To work out the cooking time, check the instructions on the packaging. Once cooked make sure the meat is steaming hot throughout, there is no pink meat visible and meat juices run clear.
  • Whether you cooked your turkey from frozen or fresh, your turkey leftovers can be used to make a new meal. This new meal can then be frozen, but make sure you only reheat it once.

Speaking about the campaign, Cllr Adrian Collett Cabinet member for Regulatory Services and Community Safety at Hart District Council, said: “With two thirds of UK households choosing to have turkey for their Christmas dinner, it is important that we know how to store and cook it safely. Raw and undercooked turkey can cause food poisoning and have serious consequences especially for children, people already in ill-health and older people. By using these tips from the Food Standards Agency, you will be able to keep your family healthy this Christmas”

For more information and top tips on how to safely prepare your turkey this Christmas, please visit www.food.gov.uk/letstalkturkey or follow @foodgov on Twitter for tips and advice throughout the festive period.

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