To save your loved ones from a nasty bout of food poisoning over the holidays, follow these Food Standards Agency tips from West Devon Borough Council to keep your festive season truly the most wonderful time of the year.
Cllr Tony Leech, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at West Devon Borough Council said: "Cooking a Christmas roast for a large gathering can be a challenge, and it is vital that the turkey, or other meat of the meal, is stored, defrosted and cooked correctly. Likewise, leftovers from Christmas need to be reheated and consumed within specific timeframes in order to avoid food poisoning.
"This is why West Devon Borough Council are supporting the Food Standards Agency in helping you to relieve some of the stress of preparing your Christmas meal and to keep your family safe during the festive period."
Adam Hardgrave, Head of Foodborne Disease Control at the Food Standards Agency, said: "The four Cs of food hygiene: Chilling, Cleaning, Cooking and avoiding Cross-contamination are important throughout the year, but especially at Christmas.
"In the flurry of preparing the Christmas meal, it's important to remember to plan ahead and allow plenty of time. Remember that an average-sized turkey can take four days to fully thaw in the fridge, and it is vital to thoroughly cook a turkey so that the meat is steaming hot, there is no pink meat visible, and that the meat juices run clear."
For more information visit: www.food.gov.uk/seasons-eatings or follow @foodgov #SeasonsEatings on Twitter for tips and advice throughout the festive period.