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Preparation & cooking

Business guidance

Guidance summary

Summary of the less than thoroughly cooked beef burgers guidance for food businesses and local authorities.

Pesticides in food

Pesticides are chemical or biological substances that are used to kill or control pests during the cultivation and storage of crops. We have oversight of pesticides and food safety in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Acrylamide legislation

Information on the measures concerning acrylamide levels in food, guidance for food business operators and benchmark levels for monitoring acrylamide levels in different food categories.

Consumer guidance

Genetically modified foods

Information about genetically modified (GM) foods and how we assess the safety and labelling requirements of these products.

Food additives

Different food additives and advice on regulations and the safety of additives in food.

Irradiated food

Irradiation of food is a practice which eliminates bacteria that may lead to food poisoning. This page details the irradiation process and how it is not harmful to consumers.

BBQ food safety

How to stay food safe when cooking food at a barbecue. How to safely prepare meat and salads, cook meat thoroughly, and what to do with any leftovers from a BBQ.

Lead-shot game

Consuming lead is harmful, health experts advise to minimise lead consumption as much as possible. Anyone who eats lead-shot game should be aware of the risks posed by consuming large amounts of lead, especially children and pregnant women.


Food safety advice when preparing burgers at home and when eating burgers in restaurants


Advice on how to clean effectively in the kitchen and prevent harmful bacteria from spreading onto food.

Avoiding cross-contamination

How to avoid cross-contamination by following simple practices in the preparation and handling of food products.