Council raises awareness of food safety

People can get information and advice on food safety at Ridley Road Market on Thursday 18th June, when staff from the Council’s Environmental Health Team will have a stall as part of Food Safety Week.

Their main focus will be on the correct storage and handling of food in the home, especially for people over over 60. Listeria, found in foods like soft cheese and pates, causes food poisoning which tends to be fairly harmless for people who are fit and healthy, but it is extremely dangerous for people with reduced immunity, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from illness.

Officers will be highlighting the importance of food safety and hygiene in the home and promote the Four Cs - cooking, cleaning, chilling and cross-contamination. Food needs to be stored properly, cooked throroughly, and it is vital that people wash their hands before cooking and ensure that chopping boards and knives are cleaned between tasks.

Cllr Laing, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “It’s well worth taking the time to find out about food hygiene and safety. A few simple precautions can make sure you and the people you cook for stay safe.”