Tips for Food Safety

  • Take chilled and frozen food home quickly and put in the fridge or freezer at once.
  • Prepare and store raw and cooked food separately – keep raw meat and fish at the bottom of your fridge and use separate knives and chopping boards for raw and cooked food.
  • Keep the coldest part of your fridge at 0–5°C – get a fridge thermometer.
  • Check ‘use-by’ dates – use food within the recommended period.
  • Keep pets away from food – and dishes, utensils and worktops.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before preparing food, after going to the toilet or after handling pets.
  • Keep your kitchen clean – wash worktops and utensils between handling cooked and raw foods.
  • Don’t eat food containing uncooked eggs – keep eggs in the fridge.
  • Cook food well, following any instructions on the pack. If you reheat make sure it is piping hot, and only reheat once.
  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold – don’t leave them standing around.


If you need any further advice, please contact us. Where needed, an officer will arrange to visit and give advice.