FSS issues festive food poisoning warning

17 December 2019

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is reminding people to reduce the risk of food poisoning over the festive period by ensuring they follow good food safety practices.

Results from the latest FSS Food in Scotland Consumer Tracking Survey reveal that almost three-quarters of Scots (72%) completely fill their fridge at least some of the time, but only 12% always remember to check the temperature when it’s full. This is an essential measure, as a fridge temperature between zero and five degrees centigrade will help slow the growth of food poisoning bacteria, whilst overfilling can raise the fridge temperature.

FSS has created a downloadable food safety checklist which serves as a reminder when carrying out the different stages of preparing, cooking and eating Christmas dinner, as well as storing leftovers.

Source: FSS, 13 December 2019