Enjoy food and avoid illnesses
Families will be getting together with loved ones tomorrow for the best meal of the year – and there are likely to be masses of tasty morsels leftover.
However, thousands of people's festive feasts are expected to end with an unappetising dose of food poisoning because of food not being stored, cooked or reheated properly.
Local organisations have issued lists of essential advice on how to prepare a mouth-watering meal and prevent the "turkey trots", while at the same time reducing tons of food having to be thrown away into county landfill sites.
"As much as 20 per cent of the British public will risk food poisoning by eating turkey leftovers that are as much as a week old," said Councillor Alison Smith, community services spokeswoman for North West Leicestershire District Council, whose environmental officers have issued some basic, common-sense tips for safely reheating leftovers.
"We would urge the public to exercise some caution when storing and using leftovers to ensure they are safe to eat," said Coun Smith.
Leicestershire Waste Partnership, which is made up of the county, district and borough councils, has given advice on how reduce food waste.
Gary Jackson, chairman of Leicestershire Waste Partnership, urged people to seek recipes to turn leftovers into meals.
He said: "There are lots of excellent recipes out there that are a lot better than the usual turkey sandwiches and would make the most out of festive leftovers.
"We hope households will take on board our hints and tips. It will help to save money, as well as reducing the amount of food waste going to landfill."
The waste partnership is holding free cookery classes in the new year to teach people how to create dishes from leftovers.
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Leicester City Council, with the Food Standards Agency, has issued hints on safe food storage and preparation.