The FSA turns our attention this week to matters of hygiene as part of the launch of Food Safety Week. As a bunch of self-acclaimed foodies, we here at Jellybean HQ would like to think we all take a careful, not care-free, attitude when it comes to matters of kitchen hygiene; however, even we may need to be more cautious.
An article for The Times highlights a recent poll for the FSA which found that 43% of consumers overlook ‘use by’ dates, 29% admitted to eating food which they had dropped onto the floor and 21% owned-up to not washing their hands properly before preparing food. More than 36% of people said they would wash chicken before cooking it – potentially splashing bacteria around the sink area.
83% of those surveyed confessed to habits which could put them at risk of food poisoning, yet all said they had full confidence in their food preparation skills. 9% believed they had never given anyone food poisoning – and when they did fall ill, only a staggering 5% would question the cleanliness of their kitchen to be the possible cause.
On the plus side, 95% said they would wash their chopping boards in between raw and cooked food preparation and almost 80% only keep leftovers in the fridge for the recommended 48 hours.
So, are your eating habits up to scratch? You can find out via the FSAs ‘Kitchen Check’ here, which allows you to score yourself in terms of kitchen hygiene and offers tips to ensure the food you eat is safe.
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