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Food poisoning: What you need to know

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Everything you need to know about food poisoning, including common causes and symptoms, how to avoid food poisoning and the reality about food safety myths.

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What is food poisoning?
Read about the causes and symptoms of E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter and other types of food poisoning, plus common food culprits.
What is food poisoning?
 

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How to avoid food poisoning
Discover the FSA's top tips for food safety including how to freeze and defrost food, how to prepare vegetables and the best way to organise your fridge.
How to avoid food poisoning
 

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Food safety myths
Does the five-second rule really work? Can you reheat rice? The FSA debunk some common myths and tell us the one thing you should do before eating raw fish...
Food safety myths
 

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How to handle raw chicken
Food editor Barney Desmazery talks us through how to safely handle raw chicken by putting hygiene and safety first.
How to handle raw chicken
 

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How to reheat leftovers
Find out how to cool, store and reheat food safely - and which foods you should be particularly careful with.
How to reheat leftovers
 

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What to put where in the kitchen
Avoid kitchen chaos with our simple guide to stocking your fridge, freezer, shelves and cupboards...
What to put where in the kitchen
 

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How to transport food safely
Whether you're camping, heading for a holiday cottage or taking food to a party, follow the basic rules for getting it there safely.
How to transport food safely

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How to barbecue safely
How to make sure your barbecue spread is prepared, cooked, and served without incident.
How to barbecue safely
 

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How to cook meat properly on the barbecue
Take a moment to read the Food Standards Agency's top tips for prepping, handling and cooking raw meat on the barbecue.
How to cook meat properly on the barbecue
 

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On test: The five best meat thermometers
Put safety first when cooking meat and use a meat thermometer to check your joint is cooked through. We put them to the test and came up with our top five.
On test: The five best meat thermometers

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What can’t I eat when pregnant?
Can you eat smoked salmon when you're pregnant? And what about your daily coffee or that chunk of stilton on your cheeseboard? Dietitian Dr Frankie Phillips has the answers...
What can’t I eat when pregnant?
 

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