Sunderland residents among the most likely to contract food poisoning this Christmas

Make sure you store your leftovers properly this Christmas.
Make sure you store your leftovers properly this Christmas.
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Christmas dinner! Surely, one of the best meals of the year.

But ahead of the big day on the 25th of the month, diners are being warned of the dangers of chowing down on Christmas dinner leftovers which haven't been stored properly.

Those living in Sunderland are some of the most under threat when it comes to food poisoning this Christmas - with 20% of the population as a whole at risk.

Our city has come in at fourth in the list, behind Wolverhampton, Aberdeen and Northampton.

Data compiled by found that some of us were more likely to get a bug based on where we live - and the risk was lowest in Cambridge and Cheshire. The company has now issued some tips to ensure you stay safe from an upset stomach during the Christmas and New Year season.

This is their guidance for how long you should hang on to turkey and trimmings leftovers.

Turkey: Fridge: 3-4 days. Freezer: 2-3 months.

Roast Potatoes: Fridge: 2 days. Freezer: 10-12 months.

Carrots/Parsnips: Fridge: 7 days. Freezer: 6-8 months.

Cranberry Sauce: Fridge: 10-14 days. Freezer: 10-12 months.

Gravy: Fridge: 2 days. Freezer: 4 months.

Brussel sprouts: Fridge: 3-5 days. Freezer: 10-12 months.

Stuffing: Fridge: 3-4 days. Freezer: 1 month.

Christmas Pudding: Fridge: 6 weeks. Freezer: 12 months.

Daniel Martin, head of cooking and kitchen appliances at, continued: “We were really surprised to discover such high numbers at risk due to poor food hygiene.

"Christmas is one of the most important times of the year for many families across the country, and a badly stored turkey shouldn’t be the reason why it is spoiled.

"As a nation we love our turkey sandwiches and turkey pie but it’s important that the meat is still good to eat.

"We advise to first ensure it is cooked thoroughly and then left to cool before storing the fridge for three days max. Alternatively, freeze it and enjoy for up to three months later – there’s no need to waste.”