TENS of thousands of cases of food poisoning strike Irish people every year and the problem is often due to practices in the kitchen.
Clear work surfaces of things you won't need and clean them with hot, soapy water or disinfectant. Get pets out of the way.
Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, rinse well and dry.
Make sure your fridge is set between 0°C and 5°C. Keep raw meat and poultry in covered containers on the bottom shelf to avoid contaminating other foods.
Wash your board and other utensils in hot soapy water when you've finished using them and in between preparing raw and ready-to-eat food.
Change or wash your tea towels, sponges, aprons and dish cloths at least once a week.
Use cleaning products meant for kitchen.
Health & Living