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People taking risks with food

11th June 2012

Research carried out by the Food Standards Agency has suggested that people are trying to save money by taking "more risks" with their food.


The study of almost 2,000 people showed over half were using leftovers more and some were not paying attention to sell-by dates.

The FSA said one third of people admitted to smelling and examining food to see if it was good to eat rather than looking at the sell-by date.

Bob Martin, a food safety expert at the Food Standards Agency, said: "With most of us seeing our weekly shopping bills increase over the last few years, we are all looking for ways to get the most out of our shopping budget."

"Using leftover food is a good way of making our meals go further. However, unless we're careful, there's a chance we can risk food poisoning by not storing or handling them properly."

The FSA stated that leftovers should be consumed within 48 hours and should be stored in the fridge and re-heated until thoroughly hot.

Andrew Wilson of the British Dietetic Association said: "Use by dates on food are there to protect consumers from harmful bacteria that might grow in food - even if it looks and smells ok, it could be harbouring nasty food poisoning bacteria."

"Best before dates however are a bit different in that the food is likely to be safe even after this date, but it just may not taste or look so good."

In England and Wales every year there are 70,000 recorded cases of food poisoning. 


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