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Six simple steps to avoid food poisoning this Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year when friends and family come together to celebrate the festive season but it can also be hectic in the kitchen, especially when cooking for a large number of people.

Whether it’s party snacks or turkey roast dinners, when you’ve a lot to do in the kitchen and in a hurry you can take your eye off the ball when it comes to hygiene.

And when that happens there’s more scope for things to go wrong.

Food Standards Scotland is helping make sure food poisoning is the last thing on your list this Christmas by urging cooks to follow six top safety tips.

  •          Defrost turkey in the bottom of your fridge or in a cool place
  •          There’s no need to wash your raw turkey – this can splash germs
  •          Cook turkey all the way through until juices run clear
  •          Filling your fridge can raise the temperature – keep it at 0-5°C
  •          Freeze or eat leftovers within two days, and only reheat once
  •          Wash your hands after touching raw meat

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