Remember food safety at home during warmer weather

Remember the 4Cs – Clean, Cook, Cover, Chill – and handwashing rules to help keep bacteria at bay.

Clean – handwashing, clean kitchen and utensils between cooked and raw foods
Cook – food should be cooked until the juices run clear and not pink in the middle, above 75°C if you have a thermometer
Cover – keep food cover and raw meat and poultry below cooked meats
Chill – keep food in fridge, uneaten cooked food in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking.

Our summer health tips

Have you considered ?

Transporting food – how far is it from the supermarket to your fridge? Do you have a chilli bin?
Handwashing – do you wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry your hands for 20 seconds before and after handling all food, including fresh produce.
Cooking food – do you cook food and barbecue safely? Is the food cooked until the juices run clear and not pink in the middle? Do you have a thermometer for checking the internal temperature at the thickest part is above 75°C?  
Washing fresh produce – do you rinse under running water?
Leftovers – how long do they stay out before going into the fridge? How long do you keep them for?

Council are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding food safety. You can get in touch with the friendly Council team by emailing to or phoning 06 374 4080 (north) or 06 376 0110 (south).