BURGER BACTERIA WARNING FOR BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
If you’re aiming to round off the summer holidays with a Bank Holiday barbecue this weekend, the Southwark food safety team and Food Standards Agency have some advice to help make it a safe success.
With gourmet burgers in restaurants becoming increasingly popular some people may be tempted to serve their guests with burgers that are pink in the middle.
But a burger is not like steak. Steak can be served rare because any contamination on the surface of the meat is destroyed when the steak is seared on the outside.
Burgers are made of minced meat, so any bacteria, on the outside of the whole piece of meat, are mixed up throughout burgers when the meat is minced. If bacteria are mixed into the middle of the burger and it isn’t cooked all the way through, the bacteria can survive and cause food poisoning. That’s why a burger should be thoroughly cooked all the way through.
So, this Barbecue Weekend (27-29 August), rain or shine, the FSA is reminding everybody to:
cook burgers so they are steaming hot all the way through, no matter how good quality or expensive the meat;
check that none of it is pink and that any juices run clear; and
avoid cross contamination by storing raw meat separately before cooking, using different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked food.
Southwark’s cabinet member for communities and safety Cllr Barrie Hargrove said “It’s the little things like following this advice that can keep you and your loved ones safe.
“Children, elderly and anyone poorly people in your family could get food poisoning, or even worse – a life threatening illness through serving a less than well-cooked burger at your barbecue this weekend”.
If you want your barbecue to be remembered for the right reasons, follow the FSA’s advice on cooking burgers at your barbecue. Find out more about the FSA’s top tips at: food.gov.uk/burgers (Source: Southwark council press release)
NOMINATE A COMMUNITY CHAMP IN THE CROYDON CIVIC AWARDS
Nominations are now being invited for Croydon’s 2016 Civic Awards.
Since 2012 the awards have been held to celebrate the countless hours of commitment demonstrated by the many local people who dedicate themselves to helping others.
The awards recognise the extraordinary efforts made by groups or individuals who volunteer to make life better for other people in Croydon, but who never expect to be rewarded.
These exceptional local people and organisations’ dedication and achievements deserve to be honoured. They showcase the sorts of outstanding contributions made every day to improve the life of others living in Croydon.
Last year’s winners included scout leader George Campbell, retired Squadron Leader Peter Skinner, and the Croydon College UNICEF student group.
Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, said: “There are so many people and organisations in Croydon who selflessly give up their time and put a huge amount of effort into making other people’s lives better. These awards are our way of saying a huge ‘thank you’ and providing recognition for their dedication.”
Anyone who knows such exceptional individuals, groups or organisations can nominate them for their outstanding services.
The five categories are:
• Volunteer of the Year
• Young Achiever of the Year
• Group of the Year
• Business of the Year
• Lifetime Service to Croydon
To nominate an individual, group or organisation, please visit the awards page online at www.croydon.gov.uk/civicawards.
The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 13 September 2016.
Over the years local businesses (like AIG) have generously sponsored the worthy cause of recognising our amazing heroes. Winners will be announced at a civic ceremony hosted by the Mayor of Croydon in October.
For more information about the awards contact [email protected] or call 020 8726 6000 extn 63264 (Source: Croydon council press release)
EXHIBITION ON £1M COUNCIL RESTORATION OF FORMER ASHBURTON LIBRARY
Local residents, community groups and start-up businesses are invited to view council plans for a £1m restoration of the derelict Victorian former library in Ashburton Park.
Croydon Council wants to turn the building into a community hub offering a café to attract more visitors to the park, as well as flexible spaces that can be used by local groups and even small businesses.
This autumn the council will submit plans to restore the locally-listed building and add an outer extension, provide flexible rooms available for community events, and install new toilets for all park users.
Before submitting a planning application, the council is holding an exhibition on 2-3 September so members of the public can see the plans and give feedback.
Following the event there will be an opportunity for community groups and businesses interested in occupying part of the former library’s 6,222 sq ft space to put forward a detailed business case. Following marketing earlier this year, the council has already received initial expressions of interest from over 40 groups, ranging from art classes and sports clubs to cafés and pre-school nurseries. Details of how to make a submission will be made available on the council’s website late September. (Source: Croydon council press release No. PR 10120 Date: 22 August 2016)