Council urges ‘stay safe while cooking at home’


WITH more people eating at home, this World Food Safety Day, (Sunday, June 7), East Northamptonshire Council is helping you to make the most of your food at home.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council Steven North said: “The current situation has meant more and more of us are cooking at home, whilst also trying to make food go further and feed our families.

“So this World Food Safety Day, with the help of the Food Standards Agency experts, we want to make sure you are using the contents of your household’s cupboards and fridges in the safest way possible.”

Head of Chemical Safety Policy at the Food Standards Agency Peter Quigley said: “Food safety is everyone’s business. 

“As part of my role, I answer all sorts of questions about food safety, so we’ve pulled together some of the ones we get asked most frequently. We hope that our home food facts, help you to avoid throwing away good food unnecessarily.” 

Here are five of your top food safety questions answered, to help you make your food go further: 

When eggs float are they bad?

Don’t use the egg float test to determine safety. Eggs are safe to eat for a couple of days after the best before date, as long as they are cooked thoroughly. 

Is food safe if the can has a dent in it?

If the dent on the can is shallow and there are no other obvious signs that the can is damaged (such as the can expanding or leaking) your food should remain fit to eat.

How long can you safely eat rice for after cooking?

Keep rice in the fridge for no more than one day. When you reheat rice always check the dish is steaming hot all the way through.

Can you eat potatoes when they start to sprout?

Remove any sprouts on potatoes before using them and remember and cut off any green or rotten bits.

Can you eat brown bananas?

Fruit or vegetables that are a bit overripe, such as wrinkly carrots, brown bananas and slightly mushy strawberries can be eaten normally (providing they are not mouldy). Alternatively, they can be used in cooking, baking or smoothies. For more information, please visit Food Gov’s home food facts page.

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