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Celebrating World Food Safety Day 2024: Ensuring Safe Food Practices at Home with Willowbrook Foods
World Food Safety Day

In honour of World Food Safety Day, it’s vital to recognise the importance of maintaining food safety not only in restaurants and food industries but also in our homes. At Willowbrook Foods, we are committed to promoting food safety awareness and empowering individuals to adopt safe food practices. In this blog, we’ll explore five practical tips and guidelines to help you keep your kitchen and meals safe, ensuring the health and well-being of your loved ones.

Tip 1: Cleanliness is Key

Start by ensuring that your kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands are clean before handling food. Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt, bacteria, or pesticide residues.

Tip 2: Proper Food Storage

Store perishable foods such as meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood in the refrigerator at the appropriate temperature (below 4°C) to prevent bacterial growth. Use airtight containers or wrapping to store leftovers and avoid cross-contamination. Regularly clean and organise your fridge to maintain freshness and prevent food spoilage.

Tip 3: Safe Food Handling

Thaw frozen foods safely in the refrigerator, microwave, or cold water bath, avoiding leaving them at room temperature where bacteria can thrive.

Use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat, poultry, and seafood to prevent cross-contamination with ready-to-eat foods.

Cook foods to the recommended internal temperature using a food thermometer to ensure they are safe to eat:

  • 63°C for whole cuts of beef, pork, veal, and lamb, followed by a 3-minute rest time.
  • 71°C for ground meats, such as beef and pork.
  • 74°C for all poultry, including ground chicken and turkey.
  • 63°C for fish or until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Promptly refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking to prevent bacterial growth.

Tip 4: Mindful Cooking Practices

Avoid cross-contamination by not using the same utensils or surfaces for raw and cooked foods. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food, especially after handling raw meat, poultry, or eggs. Encourage children to wash their hands before eating and teach them about food safety practices from a young age.

Tip 5: Stay Informed and Educated

Keep abreast of food safety guidelines and recommendations from reputable sources such as the WHO.

Participate in food safety training programs or workshops to enhance your knowledge and skills in food handling and preparation.


On World Food Safety Day and every day, let’s prioritise food safety in our homes to protect the health and well-being of our families. By following these simple yet essential tips from Willowbrook Foods, you can create a safe and healthy environment in your kitchen and enjoy delicious meals with peace of mind. Together, let’s make food safety a priority and ensure a healthier future for all.

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