With two thirds of UK households choosing to have roast turkey for their Christmas dinner, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils are supporting the Food Standards Agency in providing advice on how to safely prepare turkey at home.
From buying the turkey to storing leftovers, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has a number of food hygiene tips to help protect your loved ones over the festive period:
Cllr Steve Gallant, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member for Community Health and Cllr Mary Rudd, cabinet member for Community Health and Safety at Waveney 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 the Councils are supporting the Food Standards Agency in helping you to cook your festive bird with confidence this Christmas.”
Dr Kevin Hargin, Head of Foodborne Disease Control at the FSA said:
“Every year, there are an estimated one 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.”
For more food safety information this Christmas, visit www.food.gov.uk/lets-talk-turkey