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 South East 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 South East:

  • People in the South East were the most likely to say they eat burgers that are pink or have pink juices (29%) at least some of the time: guidelines recommend that they should be fully cooked before eating.

  • Over half (54%) of residents in the South East knew that a fridge should be kept between 0°C and 5°C, but 45% did not check their fridge temperature regularly.

  • 45% of people in the South East defrost meat or fish at room temperature despite recommendations to defrost meat or fish in the fridge or in the microwave.

  • A quarter (24%) of people in the South East do not change or clean their chopping boards between different foods.

  • A fifth (21%) always washed raw chicken. Washing chicken risks spreading bacteria and should be avoided.

For tips on how to stay safe this summer visit: Your definitive guide to safe summer food