8 Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is unpleasant at any age, but when you’re older, the effects can be much more serious, even life-threatening. Follow these tips to keep your food fresh and safe to eat.
1. Check for Expiration Dates
Before you buy, look at the dates on packaging and make sure that foods are still within their ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date.
2. Keep Frozen Foods Frozen
If you’re buying chilled or frozen food, make sure you’re able to get it home and into the fridge or freezer within a reasonable time.
4. Monitor Your Refrigerator
Check that your fridge is working at the correct temperature. This should be 1-5°C. Never put hot food into the fridge, it causes the temperature to rise and bacteria may multiply.
5. Keep Clean
Always wash your hands with hot soapy water before handling food and again between handling raw and cooked meats. Cover any cuts on your hands with waterproof plasters.
7. Beware of Raw Eggs
Avoid raw eggs or lightly cooked eggs or dishes made using them. Always cook eggs thoroughly – until the yolk is solid.