Christmas lunch is perhaps the meal which we most look forward to throughout the entire year. It’s the time of year when even the strictest dieter throws caution to the wind in order to enjoy a magnificent banquet in the company of loved ones. Whether it’s the traditional turkey and Brussels sprouts with liberal lashings of gravy and cranberry sauce, or a more continental-European influenced fish dish, Christmas lunch is a staple tradition throughout many homes across the United Kingdom.
Why is food safety for Christmas lunch so important?
Salmonella, E. Coli and listeria are just some of the nasty bacteria that can quickly turn a delightful Christmas lunch into a holiday to forget. Vomiting, fever, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and nausea are just some of the nightmarish symptoms that can occur as the result of consuming contaminated food. Due to the fact that many people entertain members of their extended family over the Christmas period, it’s important to take extra care when preparing Christmas lunch, as a bout of food poisoning can have devastating effects on young children and the elderly.
What should I be careful of when preparing Christmas lunch?
The most important thing to be careful of when preparing Christmas lunch is to ensure that food is correctly prepared and cooked. Let’s start off with some of the basics. When cooking a turkey, make sure there is plenty of space in your fridge or freezer in order to prevent the turkey from coming into contact with other food, which in turn increases the risk of spreading contamination. Ensure your turkey has been adequately defrosted. A general rule of thumb is to allow between 10-12 hours per kg in a fridge at 4°c. Use separate chopping boards for vegetables and meat, as a chopping board is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
An accident over Christmas
Having an accident during the holiday period can spoil more than just the festive cheer. In addition to the pain and suffering endured after an accident, it could also have serious financial ramifications for you and your family. Remember, Accident Advice Helpline is here to help. With years of experience dealing with all types of personal injury claims, we could help you to get the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured and it was someone else’s fault, call our Freephone number 0800 689 0500 today for more information on how you could make a no-win-no-fee** claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown