Food safety and home hygiene

Are we too clean for our own good?

We examine whether modern home and personal hygiene standards are to blame for the rise in allergies.

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How to wash your hands

Washing your hands is one of the simplest ways you can protect yourself and others from illnesses such as food poisoning and flu.

Why you should never wash raw chicken

Washing chicken before cooking it can increase your risk of food poisoning from campylobacter.

The truth about sweeteners

Find out the evidence on the safety of some of the most common sweeteners available in the UK.

Does the 'five-second rule' really work?

Is food dropped on the floor ever safe to eat? We put the 'five-second rule' under the microscope.

How to prepare and cook food safely

How to prepare and cook food correctly to reduce the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli

10 ways to prevent food poisoning

How to prevent food poisoning, including tips on hand washing, food storage and thorough cooking.

How to wash fruit and vegetables

How to store, wash and prepare fruit and vegetables to prevent food poisoning, including E. coli.

How to prevent germs from spreading

Cleaning tips to help reduce the number of germs in your home.

Foods to avoid if you're over 65

Find out why over-65s are at higher risk of food poisoning and what foods are risky.

Keep your home clean

How good home hygiene can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as MRSA, E.coli and Clostridium difficile.

Beware of common household germs

You can't kill all the germs in your home, but these are the germs you need to protect yourself against

Food and hygiene facts

Facts about germs in the home, including where most germs are found and how to stop bacteria spreading in the house

Sprouted seeds safety advice

Safety advice on the consumption of sprouted seeds following recent outbreaks of salmonella and E. coli

Wild salmon parasite warning

Food safety advice about eating wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout at risk of parasite infection.

Cooking turkey

Cook the perfect Christmas turkey with our guide to defrosting and cooking turkey safely, and using turkey leftovers

How to store food and leftovers

Tips on storing food and leftovers to prevent food poisoning.

Food poisoning

Find out about the causes and symptoms of food poisoning and what you can do to help your recovery.

Food labelling terms

A guide to some of the most common food labelling terms, including use by, best before, low fat and no added sugar.


Find out about the signs of a bedbug infestation, and how to get rid of them