Have a sizzling and safe barbecue

Last updated:
19 August 2014
If you’re aiming to round off a sensational summer with a barbecue in the garden or park, we’ve served up some advice to help make it a sizzling and safe success. It’s the little things that you do that will help keep your loved ones and friends safe.

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Enjoy your food safely

We all want to serve up a sensational barbecue that also helps keep our family and friends safe. And it’s great to look spontaneous, but it’s safer and easier on the day if you prepare in advance. You can help avoid the build-up of food poisoning bugs by taking the following simple steps.

Cases of food poisoning almost double during the summer, and research shows that the undercooking of raw meat and the contamination of bacteria onto the food we eat are among the main reasons.

You can do this by storing raw meat separately before cooking, and use different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked food. There’s no point in serving up food with a flourish if you’re adding bugs back into the mix.

...or other meat, it just splashes germs.

Pre-cook the meat or poultry in the oven first and then finish it off on the barbecue for flavour.

Make sure that burgers, sausages, chicken and all meats are properly cooked by cutting into the meat and checking that it is steaming hot all the way through, that none of it is pink and that any juices run clear.

Always check that your meat is cooked right through.

More tips, facts and advice

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Your quick guide to planning a sizzling barbecue

If you want your barbecue to be remembered for the right reasons, follow the FSA’s advice on beating the barbecue bugs.

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Your quick guide to campylobacter

You may have heard of salmonella and E.coli, which are well known causes of food poisoning, but you may not be aware that at least 65% of chicken sold in the UK contains a bug called campylobacter.

Campylobacter poisoning can lead to sickness, diarrhoea, disability and even worse. Those most at risk are children and older people.

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