AN APPEAL has gone out for people to take extra care when eating leftover food.
In the Daventry District 136 cases of food poisoning were reported in the last 12 months. The levels rise dramatically during the summer months.
One of the reasons for the increase is warmer temperatures causing germs to grow faster.
Cllr Deanna Eddon, portfolio holder for housing and health at DDC, said: “Food safety is a really important issue for all of us and especially those most at risk such as the young and elderly.
“By following a few simple guidelines leftovers can be used safely to not only save money but also reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in the bin, and going into landfill.”
A key point in the council’s guidelines is if you are going to store leftovers in the fridge, cool them as quickly as possible, ideally within 90 minutes, and eat them within two days.