Keep food poisoning off the Christmas menu this year

DESPITE being the time for giving the NSW Food Authority want to ensure that food poisoning is not one gift loved ones received.

CEO Dr Lisa Szabo said preparing the traditional festive feast can bring its own set of frustrations, but there are a few easy tips to follow to ensure you serve up safe and healthy food this Christmas.

Don’t become a food poisoning statistic this year due to poorly handled food.
Don’t become a food poisoning statistic this year due to poorly handled food.

"This time of year people are often hosting meals for larger numbers than they are used to, and cooking foods they're not familiar with," she said.

"The turkey is a good example, it's quite a specialty product in Australia and very few of us would be accustomed to roasting a whole bird of this size.

"An inexperienced person preparing and cooking poultry can be a recipe for disaster."

Tips for safe eating include:

  • Plan ahead - a frozen turkey should never be defrosted on the bench and it can take up to three days to defrost in the fridge, don't leave it to the last minute!
  • When it comes to ham, the 'ham bag' often sold with Christmas hams are a great way to keep your ham fresh and maintain quality the longest. A clean cotton pillowcase will do the trick too, and remember to regularly wash or change it.
  •  If you're having a seafood lunch, ensure you only buy from a reputable retailer and take an esky or cooler bag to ensure temperature control.
  •  Keep raw and cooked foods separate.
  •  If food has been on the table for more than two hours, bin it - hot food needs to stay hot and cold food needs to stay cold.
  •  Leftovers - refrigerate leftovers and eat or freeze within three days.

For safe summer eating advice, you can head to

Topics:  christmas food food poisoning

WATCH: As Knitting Nannas arrest 'Kevin Hogan'

The Knitting Nannas at Kevin Hogan's office in Molesworth St and, below left, Knitting Nanna Dororthy Moller with an 'arrest warrant for Kevin Hogan.

Group storms office in brazen stunt

Guilty plea to hidden hydro weed operation

epa03462089 (FILE) A file photo dated 31 August 2010 shows a worker tending to cannabis plants at a growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern Israeli town of Safed, Israel. Reports on 07 November 2012 state that Colorado and Washington became the first US states to legalize cannabis for recreational use, while medical marijuana initiatives were on the ballot in Massachusetts, Montana and Arkansas.  EPA/ABIR SULTAN ISRAEL OUT

Operation employed a gang of "trimmers" to cut and package cannabis

Insight into Lyme disease on SBS

Paralysis tick

Insight will look at the controversy over Lyme disease in Australia

Local Partners

Craft beer comes to Beef Town in new festival

TONY Hennessy explains how the Northern Rivers Craft Beer and Cider Festival came about.

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

November will be a big month for NORPA

ARTS: NORPA has added new shows to the Dreamland season from November 23 to December 10.

Peter Garrett, Dreamland and the 2017 Season Launch, among others

The Superjesus: Back with Love and Violence

DOWN AGAIN: The Superjesus are Paul Berryman on drums, Sarah McLeod on lead vocals and Stuart Rudd on bass guitar.

The Superjesus are back after 13 years

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.