Eat safe this summer

Date 30/06/2017

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 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 Wales:  

  • 50% of respondents said that they never check their fridge temperature and 42% 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.
  • 57% 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 quarter of respondents (25%) 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.
  • There are still a  proportion of people eating meat that is pink or has pink/red juices, against recommended practice
  • 14% of respondents do not always wash their hands before starting to prepare food, despite the FSA’s recommendation that people wash their hands thoroughly before cooking and after touching the bin, going to the toilet, handling pets or handling raw food.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment, who leads on food safety matters said:

 “These figures show that there's more that people could do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe this summer. That's why Gwynedd Council is working with the Food Standards Agency to promote good hygiene practices. We aim 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