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State inspectors to snoop inside our fridges

Aideen Sheehan Consumer Correspondent

Published 15/12/2012 | 05:00

A GOVERNMENT inspector could soon be coming to a fridge near you.

The food safety promotion body Safefood wants to investigate the contents of householders' fridges to make sure we're not at risk of poisoning ourselves from improper use.

They've tendered for a team of contractors to survey fridges and "identify barriers to correct storage of food".

The tender winners will spend six months taking the temperatures of fridges north and south of the border and swabbing them for nasty bacteria like E coli and salmonella.

They'll also be taking photos and quizzing householders to find out if they know where to store different foods and how cold their fridge should be.

Safefood also wants to ensure that the country's artisan cheeses are labelled correctly. They've tendered for the establishment of a database to provide detailed profiles of non mass-produced artisan cheeses in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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