With the 5p bag tax, bags for life are becoming a norm, and it’s great news for the environment. But one problem is that we could be putting our food into dirty bags, not just visibly dirty, but bags with dangerous bacteria on the inside.
I guess the first thing about reducing food waste is not to buy so much – plan ahead, see what you already have and don’t shop when hungry. Using a list can help, and on-line shopping can be a godsend for many reasons, but one is that you can check your cupboards as you shop. […]
Is it Safe to Eat Food Past its Best-Before or Use-by Date? Recently there has been quite a bit in the news about whether it is safe to eat food that has gone past its best-before or use-by date, and even more worrying, food being retrieved from skips and bins to eat. So what are […]
Campylobacter is still at large – so be prepared in BBQ season Summer is here (well in theory) and the BBQs come out, but in the light of the recent findings that Campylobacter is still likely to be present in over 70% of raw chicken, what can we do to ensure that we are not […]
The 5 Second Rule: should you eat food if it drops on the floor? Recent research by has hit the press this week, reported as concluding that bacteria may not transfer quickly to some foods when dropped on the floor, and therefore the 5 second rule may apply. I carried out an experiment and put some special […]
Everyone does it – that smart phone goes everywhere, even the loo! But what are the risks? If you take your phone to the toilet then you risk getting it covered in germs (or dropping it down the loo)! However, for many people this may be the one time they can have a sneaky look […]
Shigella, also called dysentery is transmitted via poor hygiene conditions and practices and is often associated with travel abroad. But this week it’s in the news because of infections in the UK. Found in the poo of infected humans, you can get shigella when infected poo gets into the wrong places. By understanding how you can get sick from […]
Traditionally many foods have been preserved without being stored in the fridge because they contain high quantities of salt or sugar which are used as preservatives. However, as we are being told we need to eat less salt for our heart’s health, and less sugar to reduce obesity, manufacturers are being urged by government departments to reduce […]