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Articles: Food for thought

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2004 - 12:42 PM

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<FONT color=black>FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT color=black>Summer’s here  - and with barbecues set to sizzle across the district, Shepway Council is offering help and advice to make sure garden chefs don’t cook up trouble.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT color=black>As part of National Food Safety Week, which starts o­n Monday 14 June, members of the council’s environmental health team will be out and about, distributing ‘Licence to Grill’ leaflets, which outline ways to a better and safer barbecue.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT color=black>Advice includes using a meat thermometer to make sure food is properly cooked, washing hands, keeping raw and cooked food separate and using a gas barbecue where heat can be more easily controlled.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT color=black>“If the barbecue is too hot it burns the food o­n the outside and leaves it raw in the middle,â€? said Environmental Health Officer, Jack McNeill.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT color=black>The team will be visiting major supermarkets and will also be out and about in Folkestone town centre o­n Thursday 17 June.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT color=black>“There are between 80,000 and 100,000 cases of food poisoning in the country every year and a high proportion are caused through lack of proper food storage, handling and cooking in the home,� said Jack.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT color=black>Anyone who would like further advice or information can contact the environmental health team o­n 01303 852549.