As the festive period approaches everyone will be thinking of Xmas dinner.
Whether it’s with family or with friends, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Interim Director of Public Health, Dr Emilia Crighton is encouraging people to follow a few simple tips to ensure their Xmas fare doesn’t result in anyone getting food poisoning.
Dr Crighton says Xmas Day should be fun for everyone, including those tasked with cooking the traditional turkey. However, often, by not following a few simple rules, people end up getting ill with food poisoning after the event.
She added: “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 Xmas and a healthy start to 2016.”
Notes to Editors
A Few Simple Tips for Cooking the Xmas Meal:
• Defrost frozen meats thoroughly in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking
• Always wash hands thoroughly before preparing food, 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.
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