80% of the UK public have admitted to one or more habits that put them at risk of food poisoning: that’s the shocking statistic that the Food Standards Agency has uncovered.
Hampshire MP Mike Thornton is now working with the Agency to tackle the problem, getting to grips with their Food Safety Week ‘Kitchen Check’ (pictured).
A recent survey by the FSA showed that more than 80% of the UK public admitted to one or more habits that put them at risk of food poisoning, including 1 in 3 people not checking ‘use-by’ dates, with 85% of them instead wrongly using the ‘sniff test’ and 68% just checking the colour – even though this will not always reveal whether food is safe to eat. Also 1 in 3 people admit they would eat food that has been dropped on the floor.
These statistics have been exposed at the start of Food Safety Week, which has been running from the 10 June. During the week, the Food Standards Agency asked people to think about food hygiene at home, by completing the new Kitchen Check. The Kitchen Check gets people to look at their own food preparation practices and gives them a score and some tips based on their answers.
MP Mike Thornton said: "It’s important to make sure you get the basics right when it comes to storing and preparing food. There are more than a million cases of food poisoning each year so doing simple things like washing your hands before preparing food and checking ‘use-by’ dates are good ways of avoiding getting ill."