Frozen food safety: 'It's all about common sense,' says director of policy from Food Standards Agency

Frozen food safety: 'It is all about common sense', says director of policy from Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency's survey revealed many don't know correct procedures around frozen food

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Food Standards Agency have revealed misconceptions about frozen food contributes to seven million tonnes of waste in the UK. The FSA's Director of Policy, says "it is all about common sense".

In a survey of 1,500 people, 38 per cent believed food can become unsafe to eat in the freezer (it can't), while 43 per cent of people incorrectly thought that food could only be frozen on the day it is bought.

Scientist Steve Wearne, reveals the truth.

"It is all about common sense, but the sniff test really doesn't work to tell if food has gone off, because with food poisoning bugs you can't see them, you can't smell them, you can't taste them," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"You can safely freeze food right up until the use by date, and when you freeze food it's like pressing the pause button. Food doesn't go off once it's in the freezer.

"Lots of food manufacturers say to freeze food only on the day of purchase and that's to keep it at the best quality. But it's safe to freeze it all the way up until the use by date. Similarly, people say use food with generally three to six months of freezing, again that's for quality."

He also discussed the process of defrosting and cooking food.

"People need to make sure they defrost their food safely, in the fridge overnight is always best, and then use it the next day. It's absolutely ok to take some raw meat or poultry, cook a meal with it and then to freeze that cooked meal."