Party food warnings

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JUBILEE party planners are being reminded of basic food hygiene rules.

Durham County Council is calling on people to make sure food being served at the events is handled, stored and cooked properly to help avoid any outbreaks of illness.

Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection, said: “We want to make sure people enjoy their Jubilee celebrations and don’t remember the day for all the wrong reasons.”

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“If people follow the basic food hygiene rules they can help to make sure their parties run smoothly and their guests have a great time.”

People are being reminded to ensure their hands and surfaces are clean when handling and preparing food, keep raw and cooked foods separate and ensure food – particularly barbecued meat – is properly cooked.

People are also advised to dispose of left over food which has been sitting outside unrefrigerated after the party.