Food shoppingYou should always make sure that the food you buy is safe to eat, particularly when you're doing your weekly shopping.
Here are some helpful tips to follow.
- If you aren't happy with the way food is handled, sold or stored, speak to the shop manager or contact us
- Always check date codes on food products and don't buy food past its 'use by' date
- if a shop is dirty or has problems with flies or other pests, contact us so we can investigate it
- Check that the food you buy is the same quality as food on display
- Make sure food is handled as little as possible and don't accept produce which 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 8°C or less
- Make sure food packaging is undamaged
- Take all chilled and frozen purchases home and put them into their correct storage places 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.