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Safe Food Handling

Background Information

Food safety

Today's lifestyles are vastly different from those of the past. The fast pace of modern lifestyles and the increase in single-person households, one-parent families and working women have lead to changes in the food preparation and consumption habits. A positive outcome of this has been rapid advances in food technology, processing and packaging techniques to help ensure the safety and wholesomeness of the food supply as more convenient food. In spite o ...

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Science Briefs

Television chefs could do more to teach viewers about safe food handling

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Consumer survey of UK kitchens reveals poor food safety perceptions and behaviour in older people

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Proactive social media strategies can enable positive engagement with target audiences and impact government policy

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The World Health Organization exposes myths about foodborne disease 08/04/2010
FoodRisC - Communicating food risks and benefits 06/12/2010
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Influenza A(H1N1) virus

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Food Today

Cooking with a grill, over an open flame, frying or smoking your food: Tips to help you enjoy your food safely

Variety makes our diet interesting and enjoyable. Not only the wide choice of foods but also the ways to prepare them allow for numerous variations. When grilling your food, using an open flame, frying or smoking your food it is important that you pay attention to a few simple food handling and cooking tips. Doing so will make your meal both enjoyable and safe to eat.

Food safety tips for travellers

For many Europeans the Autumn and Winter seasons are the ideal periods to explore more exotic holiday destinations, but travellers should be cautious, especially if they intend to visit developing countries. One in three travellers fall ill because of contaminated food and water, most often suffering from travellers’ diarrhoea (TD). Casualty rate may go up to 80% for those staying in high-risk destinations within Asia, Africa and Latin America. But don’t panic: you can prevent food- or water-borne illness provided that you take certain precautionary measures.

Handling Leftovers Safely

Most people hate to throw out food that has not been eaten at the end of a meal. At the same time, improper handling and storage of leftovers is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the home. However, with care, it is possible to avoid both waste and illness.

Food safety controls in the European Union

Over the last few decades a succession of high profile food scares has shaken consumer confidence in the safety of food products. In the EU these food scares were the major driving force in the establishment of food safety legislation and infrastructure in order to restore confidence in the food supply chain, ‘from farm to fork’.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Becomes Reality

Growing consumer concern about the safety of the food supply came to a head across Europe with the debacle over BSE “mad cow” disease. As part of a move to restore consumer confidence in Europe’s ability to guarantee food safety and quality, the European institutions agreed to create an independent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Meanwhile, EFSA has become more than an entity on paper and is expected to be running at full capacity from 2004/5. But what is it and what will it actually do?

Eggs revisited - nutritious and safe to eat

Eggs are a rich source of protein and several essential nutrients. Emerging evidence suggests that eating eggs is associated with improved diet quality and greater sense of fullness after meals, and may be associated with better weight management. In addition, substances found in egg yolk may help to prevent age-related loss of sight. Recent farm improvements have raised standards in the safety of eggs, with reductions in Salmonella contamination seen in many parts of Europe.
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The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet.

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This site was last updated 20/09/2016
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