‘Kitchen Check’ serves up food for thought

Press Release: 12/06/2013


A new free online checklist aims to help Winchester people make sure their kitchens serve up great food and not food-poisoning.

Winchester City Council’s Environmental Health team is backing the launch of ‘Kitchen Check’ this week as part of Food Safety Week 2013.

Kitchen Check is a simple tool that helps people find out if their kitchen habits are inadvertently putting them, their families or friends at risk of food poisoning.

The online checklist goes through each stage of food preparation and cooking to help people discover how well they are doing and if there are simple changes that could help them avoid food-poisoning.

The interactive online version of Kitchen Check is available at www.food.gov.uk/kitchen-check .

Cllr Jan Warwick, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Environment, said:

Most people don’t believe the food they cook at home can make them ill, but meals prepared at home can be the source of food poisoning.

Kitchen Check is a great tool to help all of us develop good habits in the kitchen and make sure the food we serve up is remembered for all the right reasons.

Kitchen Check covers a wide range of areas including cleaning, avoiding cross-contamination, chilling, cooking food thoroughly, understanding ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates and using leftovers safely.