With two thirds of UK households choosing to have roast turkey for their Christmas dinner, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and West Lancashire Borough Council are offering tips on how to you can safely prepare turkey at home.
From buying turkey, right through to storing leftovers, there are a number of food hygiene tips that you can follow to protect your loved ones over the festive period:
Dr Kevin Hargin, Head, Foodborne Disease Control at the FSA, comments: “Every year, there are an estimated 1 million cases of food poisoning in the UK; the easiest way to protect your family this Christmas is to ensure you store and cook food safely.
“We have put together the ‘Let’s talk turkey’ guide, which offers tips around chilling, cleaning, cooking and avoiding cross-contamination, while also explaining some of the science behind our advice.”
Councillor Kevin Wright, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for Health, said: “For many of us, it wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey. However, cooking for a crowd can be a lot of pressure, from having to think about various defrosting and cooking times, to ensuring that all the food is stored safely. Raw and undercooked turkey can cause food poisoning and have serious consequences especially for children, people already in ill-health and older people.
“This is why West Lancashire Borough Council is supporting the Food Standards Agency in helping you to cook your festive bird with confidence this Christmas.”
For more food safety information this Christmas, visit Lets talk turkey (external link), or follow @foodgov #LetsTalkTurkey on Twitter for tips and advice throughout the festive period.
More information on the Council's Food Safety Service can be found at food safety.