Don’t let badly cooked turkey ruin your Christmas day

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‘Make sure your turkey is properly cooked this Christmas’ is the message from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s director of public health, Dr Linda de Caestecker.

As the festive period approaches everyone will be thinking of what they will be eating for dinner.

Whether it’s with family or with friends Dr Linda de Caestecker is encouraging people to follow a few simple tips to ensure their Xmas fare doesn’t result in anyone getting food poisoning.

She said: “Christmas day should be fun for everyone, including those tasked with cooking the traditional turkey. “However, often, by not following a few simple rules, people end up getting ill with food poisoning after the event. “By making sure food is thoroughly defrosted and cooked for the necessary time everyone stays healthy and happy and there will be no need to worry about sickness and diarrhoea a few days later.

“Most people with food poisoning will get better without the need for treatment but occasionally, food poisoning can have more serious effects on a person’s health, particularly if they are vulnerable to the effects of an infection.

“We want everyone to have an enjoyable Christmas and a healthy start to 2014.”

A Few Simple Tips for Cooking the Xmas Meal:

• Defrost frozen meats thoroughly in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking

• Always wash hands thoroughly before preparing food, touching raw meat and before eating

• Do not use the same utensils for raw and cooked foods

• Do not assume the meat is cooked all the way through just because the outside surface looks well charred