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Food Safety Quick Tips

Food Safety Quick Tips

  • When planning a menu for a sleepover, pack holiday or camp take into account what storage and cooking facilities you have available. Take a look at meal safety advice for four and five year olds to prevent choking

  • Check with the campsite or owners that water is Drinkable Water.

  • Ensure that all cooking equipment is clean before use. Don’t assume!

  • Spray and wipe down all working surfaces and tables with anti - bacterial spray before & after use.

  • Do not store any food on the ground - remember squirrels and birds are pests and can get into containers.

  • Store packets, bread, biscuits and cakes in containers with lids (preferably tins).

  • Put vegetables, salad and fruit in a cool box or lidded container.

  • Ensure that you have cool boxes or some type of portable refrigeration to store chilled / frozen foods. Ensure that there are sufficient ice packs for this purpose. Check to see if the site has the facility to freeze ice packs.

  • Take meat items frozen so that they can defrost slowly in a cool box.

  • It is better to use long life milk / cream than fresh when camping, unless you can get regular fresh supplies. Treat as fresh once opened.

  • Always cut through meat / poultry to ensure it is fully cooked.

  • Keep raw and cooked (including 'ready to eat' food like cheese, sausage rolls, sandwiches etc…) foods strictly separate.

  • It is better to eat cooked food hot, straight from cooking and not reheated.

  • Avoid unnecessary handling of food, use spoons or tongs.

  • Ensure that everyone washes their hands before eating even when providing own food.

  • Use hot water and detergent when washing up. Ideally use a second bowl or sink with very hot water for rinsing.

  • Do not use tea towels that have fallen on the floor.

  • Ensure cuts and sores are covered with a waterproof dressing, disposable gloves over the dressing will give added protection but remember to wash as hands.

  • E.Coli can be found on the ground and is usually carried by animals. When organising a camp on fields where animals have been grazed, the animals must be removed three weeks before the start of the camp.

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Quick tips for food safety

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