Experts reveal how to keep food safe during heatwave

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Food poisoning is more common in hot weather as bacteria is more likely to spread. Picture: GETTY
Food poisoning is more common in hot weather as bacteria is more likely to spread. Picture: GETTY

AVOID food poisoning during this heatwave by storing ingredients and meals safely and properly.

The Food Standards Agency has offered top tips on cleaning, cooking, chilling, and avoiding cross-contamination:

  • store any food with a 'use by' date, along with cooked dishes, salads and dairy products, in your fridge

  • keep chilled food out of the fridge for the shortest time possible during preparation

  • cool cooked food quickly at room temperature and then place in the fridge within one to two hours

  • please follow the storage instructions on packaging, including the best before and use-by dates

  • check that your fridge is cold enough (5C or below) using a fridge thermometer, because the dials on fridges don't always show the right temperature.

  • don't overfill your fridge

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water before and after food preparation and consumption

  • keep raw and ready-to-eat foods apart

  • do not use food past its use-by date

  • always read any cooking instructions and make sure food is properly cooked before you serve it – it needs to be steaming hot

  • ensure that food preparation areas are cleaned and sanitised before and after use and  equipment is washed in hot soapy water

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