Food safety advice at home
How to ensure that your food and cooking at home is safe to eat.
Top tips for buying your food
- Always check 'use by' and 'best before' dates marked on product labels
- Do not buy food that comes in damaged packets or tins
- Make sure that all raw meat or poultry is completely wrapped and the packaging has no holes in it
- Try to put any chilled or frozen foods in your trolley last, just before you go to the tills
- Pack chilled and frozen foods together, and if possible in an insulated bag
- When packing your shopping bag, keep raw and ready-to-eat foods separate
- Take chilled and frozen food straight home and put them in the fridge or freezer
How to store food safely
Proper storage of food can reduce the risk of food poisoning. Visit the NHS website for more information and recommendations on how to store food safely at home.
Preparing and cooking food safely
If food is not prepared and cooked properly, people can become ill with food poisoning. Check out the NHS website for advice and top tips on how to ensure that food is prepared and cooked safely.
Ways to prevent food poisoning
For further information on how to reduce the risk of food poisoning at home, visit the NHS website for ten ways to prevent food poisoning .
If you are planning to have a barbecue, you need to make sure that you prepare and cook the food safely to prevent food poisoning and accidents.
For all you need to know about barbecuing safety visit the NHS guide to Guide to barbecue safely.
You can also learn how to avoid food poisoning, handle raw meat and cook food properly by watching the NHS barbecue food safety video.
Keep your festive period free from the misery of food poisoning by visiting the NHS website for some top tips on how to prepare and cook turkey safely.
Use by and best before dates
Food labelling tells you when you should store and use food by. You can find the most common food labelling terms and information on the NHS website.