Food safety advice for South Yorkshire people having barbecues this summer has been issued.
Barnsley Council’s Food Standards Agency has released tips to ensure food is prepared and cooked properly and safely.
They include pre-cooking meat or poultry in the oven before finishing it off on the barbecue, and cutting into meat to check it is cooked all the way through.
Storing meats separately to avoid cross-contamination, not washing chicken or any other meat and a reminder that disposable barbecues take longer than fixed barbecues are also on the list.
Cases of food poisoning double during the summer and research has shown under-cooking raw meat and contamination of bacteria on to the food are the main reasons.
Research carried out for the FSA found that 24 per cent of people who are not the main cook in their kitchen are the main chef at the barbecue, with 51 per cent also admitting they use the same tongs to handle raw and cooked meat.
n For more FSA tips visit food.gov.uk/lovebbq