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Health visitor Pam Schultz talks about the ways you can make sure your baby's food is safe.
Find out more about feeding your baby safely.
Media last reviewed: 03/03/2015
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How can I make sure the food I give my baby is safe? Pam: “A good way to remember the importance of food hygiene is to think in terms of the four Cs, cleaning, cooking, care with chilling and awareness of cross-contamination. It's very important from an early age that the child learns to wash their hands before they eat their food, but also you set the example by washing your hands before preparing the food. It's very important that all cooking utensils that are in use and work surfaces or any chopping boards are kept scrupulously clean. Always store the meat and poultry in the bottom of the fridge covered, so that it avoid cross-contamination. It's very important that all food is cooked thoroughly and to the recommended temperature. Extra precaution needs to be taken with frozen food. It needs to be thoroughly defrosted. You need to be cautious when reheating food. It needs to be reheated to the recommended temperature, but then after that, it should be disposed of, because of the risk of food poisoning. A young child should not be given any unpasteurised milk, because of the risk of listeria. And not be given raw egg. They must always have egg that's cooked. The type of things that your family may be exposed to that contain raw egg are certain desserts, so some chocolate mousses. If you're baking a cake, you might hand the spoon over for the child to lick the spoon, which can be quite dangerous. And things like home-made mayonnaise may also have raw egg. If you follow these guidelines, you can be confident that the food that you're giving to your baby or small child is safe.”
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