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Food Poisoning - The UNWANTED gift that keeps on giving

19 December 2014

The NSW Food Authority provides a timely reminder for this Christmas with reccommendations for food safety - "always observe good hygiene and remember to keep it cold, keep it clean, keep it hot and check the labels"

• Keep your fridge at or below 5°C, use a fridge thermometer to check that the temperature stays around 4 to 5°C

• Make sure you have enough fridge space as fridges won’t work properly when they are overloaded or when food is packed tightly because the cold air cannot circulate

• Freshly cooked food, not for immediate consumption, should have the temperature reduced as quickly as possible, keep food cool in the fridge or an esky

• Hot food needs to be kept and served at 60°C or hotter, if you are reheating left overs ensure they are piping hot.

• Throw out leftovers that have been sitting on the table for more than 2 hours

To ensure you have a happy and healthy Christmas follow the NSW Food Authority’s food safety advice, which can be found at www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/summer