Summer is a time when families and friends come together to celebrate Christmas and bring in the New Year, with food often playing a big part in these gatherings!
The barbecued meats, crispy garden salads and fresh catch of seafood are usually staple dishes at these events, but it's important to remember to take care when preparing these foods.
If the raw meats are not covered and chilled properly, there's a possibility of someone falling sick due to food poisoning.
Some other high-risk foods include dairy products, seafood, eggs, cooked rice and pasta, prepared fruit salads and other salad varieties such as coleslaw.
Victoria's Department of Health has offered some handy tips on having safe food.
Check use-by dates
Always make sure to check the use-by dates of any food you use in your cooking, binning any that are past their time. Also avoid buying foods in damaged packaging or containers as they may be contaminated or spoiled already.
Ensure meats are cooked
Uncooked meat is a common cause of food poisoning so make sure that your poultry, sausages and fish are well-cooked on the barbecue.
Cover and chill
Make sure to cover any red meat, seafood and poultry and chill it in the fridge. Keep raw foods separate from any ready-to-eat foods.
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