Food safety on a budget

Food hygiene is in the spotlight for an annual event.

Food Safety Week promotes the importance of hygiene in the home and this year runs from June 11 to June 17.

The theme is food safety on a budget, with simple practical tips on how to keep your food safe when trying to save money, including:

Understanding ‘use-by’ and ‘best before’ dates

Encouraging you to use your leftovers safely

Providing some top planning tips to help people put this advice into practice

With more households feeling an increase in food prices and 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes being wasted every year, there is a desire to make the food we buy go further. But with over a million cases of food poisoning each year, it is important that food is prepared safely.

New research published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) shows that some people are taking more risks with food safety as they try to save money and make their food go further.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Dennis Kelly said, “We understand that money is tight at present and the price of food is increasing, so it is important that we make the most of what we buy. But this cannot be at the expense of our health. Some people are ignoring ‘Use By’ dates more than they used to, while others are keeping leftovers for longer than the recommended limit of two days in the fridge, so the aim of this week is to educate people on good habits and food safety and how to manage on a budget.”

Bolsover District Council is teaming up with Bolsover Healthy Neighbourhood Team to deliver a project at existing community groups such as bump to babies, toddler groups, dads’ groups, teenage parenting groups and other young family groups to help them eat safely whilst keeping to a budget. The project will start this month and will offer tips on meal planning, how to spot good special offers and making good use of leftovers to avoid waste.

More detailed information on Food Safety Week can be found on www.bolsover.gov.uk/food-safety-week or telephone 01246 242424.