Hygiene in the kitchen comes under spotlight

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EXPERTS will be advising people on how to ensure their kitchens are a contamination-free zone during Food Safety Week.

The scheme, which focuses on culinary hygiene, starts on Monday.

Environmental health officers at Havant Borough Council will be able to give advice on cleaning, avoiding cross-contamination, cooking food thoroughly, chilling food correctly, and using leftovers safely.

Visitors to The Plaza will be able to view a fridge with food correctly and incorrectly stored, and can take part in a quiz.

Sylvia Crabtree, senior environmental health officer, said: ‘Most people don’t believe the food they cook at home can make them ill, but meals prepared at home can be a source of food poisoning.

‘Kitchen Check is a simple tool that helps you find out if your kitchen habits are putting you, or your family and friends, at risk of food poisoning.

‘Kitchen Check helps you to go through each stage of the food preparation and cooking process to find out how well you are doing or whether there are things you can change to help protect you from food poisoning.’