Barbecue season is upon us.
Temperatures reached the high 20s over the weekend, with scores of people dusting off their grills and cooking up a feast as they basked in the sun.
With the warm weather expected to last for another few days, there’s no doubt many more will be dining al fresco.
According to the Food Standards Agency, more than 20 million people will enjoy a picnic or barbecue outside this summer.
As the heat rises, so does the number of cases of food poisoning.
Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella are nasty bugs that can easily spread and make people very ill.
The FSA say many people put themselves at risk of contracting the bugs and have issued a warning reminding people how to stay safe when barbecuing or having picnics this summer.
Cooking food at the right temperature and for the correct length of time will ensure that any harmful bacteria are killed.
When cooking minced meat products such as beef burgers, sausages and kebabs and pork, turkey and chicken, always check that:
Burgers prepared at home should always be cooked all the way through until steaming hot. They should not be served rare or pink because harmful bacteria may be present in the middle of the burger, causing food poisoning.
Once served, dishes should not sit out for longer than two hours, or one hour if it’s very hot outside
Chilling food properly helps stop harmful bacteria from growing, especially in the warm summer months. Make sure you do the following things to keep your food safe:
Effective cleaning gets rid of bacteria on hands, equipment and surfaces, helping to stop harmful bacteria from spreading onto food. These three tips will help keep germs at bay:
t wash it: Don’t wash raw chicken or any other meat; it just splashes germs onto your hands, clothes, utensils and worktops. Thorough cooking will kill any bacteria present.
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