Food poisoning is the last thing on anyone's list

Make sure your turkey doesn't end up down the toilet this Christmas!

Christmas cooks across Greater Glasgow and Clyde are being urged to follow simple safety tips when preparing food in the home over the festive season.

Figures show three quarters of us think we’re unlikely to fall ill from food we’ve prepared in our own homes.

However, by not following a few simple rules, many Scots can end up getting ill with food poisoning, ruining their Christmas and, in the worst cases, being admitted to hospital.

These simple tips for cooking lunch should help you and your family and friends stay healthy on Christmas Day.

  • Defrost frozen meats thoroughly in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking
  • Always wash hands thoroughly before preparing food, after touching raw meat, and before eating
  • Do not use the same utensils for raw and cooked foods
  • Do not assume the meat is cooked all the way through just because the outside surface looks well charred

Dr Linda de Caestecker. Director of public health, said:

“What we want to reiterate is that by making sure food is thoroughly defrosted and cooked the necessary time everyone stays healthy and happy.

“If people ensure they have properly defrosted and cooked their food until the juices run clear from the meat and also following good hand hygiene practice by washing their hands thoroughly before preparing food, after touching raw meat and before eating should ensure a healthy Xmas.

“The best course of action for anyone who develops food poisoning is to follow good hand hygiene, stay at home and drink plenty of water to ensure they remain hydrated. If anyone is particularly unwell they should call NHS 24 in the first instance.

"We want everyone to have an enjoyable Christmas and a healthy start to 2017.”

For more advice and information go to:

www.foodstandards.gov.scot/festive-food-safety-campaign