Food Safety tips boil down to the '4 C's'

City Council food watchdogs are highlighting top tips to ensure food safety as part of the 14th National Food Safety Week which takes place from 12-18 June. Staff will be attending the Farmers Market taking place this week to offer advice to the public on food preparation and storage.

This year's Food Safety Week theme focuses on raising the awareness of the 4 C's for Food Safety:

• Cleanliness: Keep your kitchen, equipment and work surfaces clean
• Cooking: Make sure food is properly cooked before eating
• Chilling: Keep perishable food cold until you cook or eat them
• Cross-contamination: Don't let harmful germs spread around your kitchen

Launching the initiative, Councillor Frank Pearson, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Health & Safety said "Simple everyday actions can help to avoid the possibility of food poisoning and this is as equally important in the home as it is in commercial premises.

"With the weather improving for the summer and the beginning of the barbeque season this is a timely opportunity to remind everyone to think carefully when preparing, cooking and storing food"

The key messages from the campaign are:-

• Wash hands thoroughly when preparing food
• Keep food stored at safe temperatures
• Keep raw and cooked foods apart
• Control temperatures
• Keep food preparation surfaces and kitchens clean

Anyone wanting more information on the campaign or other food safety issues can contact the Commercial Team on 01962 848 186.