Six ways to stop your Christmas Dinner killing you

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Christmas Day cooks in South Tyneside are being warned of the dangers on multi-tasking in the kitchen.

South Tyneside Council’s environmental health team is urging people to take care of themselves and their families by making sure the turkey and all the trimmings are on the menu – and not food poisoning.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “We would encourage people to use the following food safety tips to avoid food poisoning over Christmas.”

•Make sure the fridge is running at the correct temperature and is not overcrowded.

•To prevent cross-contamination, ensure that raw turkey and other raw foods are stored separately from cooked or ready to eat food.

•Make sure frozen turkeys are defrosted for the correct length of time, in accordance with the turkey packaging instructions. lDo not wash raw turkey under the tap as it can splash germs around the kitchen.

•Check the turkey is cooked thoroughly. It should be steaming hot with juices running clear.

•Cool and cover leftovers and ensure they go in the fridge within one to two hours.

•Make sure frozen leftovers are thoroughly defrosted in the fridge overnight or in a microwave (on defrost setting) and reheat until steaming hot.