You should always make sure that the food you buy is safe to eat, especially when doing your weekly shop.
Below are some helpful tips to follow when shopping:
- If you aren't happy with the way food is handled, sold or stored, speak to the shop manager or contact us
- Always check the date on food products and don't buy food past its 'use by' date
- If a shop is unhygienic or has problems with flies or other pest, contact us so we can investigate
- Check that the food you buy is the same quality as food on display
- Don’t accept produce that has been handled by someone with dirty hands or clothes
- Be aware of overloaded or overly-warm chilled or frozen cabinets
- Only buy cooked meats or meat products which are kept refrigerated. If the refrigerator has a thermometer, make sure it reads 5°C or less
- Make sure food packaging is not damaged
- Take all chilled and frozen purchases home and put them into the correct storage as soon as possible to avoid defrosting and spoilage.
- Buy food that looks old, stale or mouldy
- Buy ready-to-eat open food which has been touched by someone who has also handled raw food, especially meat, without washing their hands
- Accept food served to you by someone who has been smoking or eating or has just touched their mouth or hair
- Do not buy frozen food which is soft or defrosting
- Buy food that is past its 'use by' date.