Many of us like to cook at home. If you’re the house chef, food safety should always be a priority. Every time you rustle up a meal, it’s important to think about the way you store, prepare, and cook food. Here is a rundown of the top 5 food safety tips that you can follow at home to reduce your risk of developing food poisoning.
Top 5 food safety tips
It’s beneficial for everyone to bear food safety tips in mind. Even if you cook once in a blue moon, it’s wise to take these pointers on board:
- Check that your fridge and freezer are at the right temperature and ensure you refrigerate or freeze foods as soon as you get home from the supermarket. Your fridge should be set at around 4 degrees, while the freezer should be set at -17 degrees.
- Wash your hands before and after preparing fish, meat and vegetables. It’s particularly important to wash your hands thoroughly after touching raw meat, poultry and fish.
- Use separate chopping boards: if you’re preparing meat and vegetables at the same time, don’t chop everything up on the same board. You should always use separate boards and knives.
- Cook meat and fish through: if you’re serving fish or poultry, it’s vital to make sure the fillet or pieces are cooked through before you serve them. With meats like beef and lamb, it’s perfectly safe to serve them pink.
- Reheating: take care when reheating food that has been refrigerated. Always ensure that the food you serve is piping hot.
Is it possible to claim compensation for food poisoning?
If you’ve developed food poisoning after cooking at home, you won’t usually be eligible for compensation. However, if you’ve experienced symptoms after eating out, you may be able to make a claim for food poisoning. If you manage an eatery that serves the public, you have a duty of care to make sure you follow food safety guidelines. If you don’t adhere to these regulations, and members of the public are adversely affected, you could be liable.
If you’ve suffered from food poisoning after eating out, and you’d like to find out more about claiming compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling personal injury claims and we can walk you through the process step by step. If you’re worried about the cost of claiming for food poisoning, we can assure you that we operate solely on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice