Here is some advice on buying and storing food over Christmas.
Q: How can I practice food safety when shopping over Christmas?
A: Check use-by dates in shops and pay particular attention to perishable goods such as vacuum-packed smoked salmon or ham, and dairy products. When you’re shopping, try to pick up chilled and frozen food last. When packing your groceries, put chilled and frozen food together, ideally in a cool bag, to help keep them cold. Put raw meat and poultry in a separate bag.
Take chilled and frozen food home as quickly as possible and put it in the fridge or freezer straight away. If you leave food at room temperature, in a car or carry it around for a long time, this could raise the temperature enough for harmful bacteria to grow.
Don’t buy chilled or frozen food during your lunch hour unless you can keep it in a fridge until you go home.
Once you get home, store food that requires refrigeration quickly after purchase and make sure not to overload your fridge. If there is too much food in your fridge, the air will not be able to flow freely, and this could cause the temperature in your fridge to rise.
If we haven't answered your questions, please call the safefood helpline. ROI - 1850 404 567 or NI - 0800 085 1683