This is Billy. Bacteria like Billy love to hang around while you're preparing and cooking food.

To keep him away from your dinner, defrost food safely in the fridge or use the "defrost" setting on the microwave.

Always avoid putting thawed meat back into the freezer otherwise you risk taking Billy with it.

Make sure you use different knives and boards when preparing food, keeping raw meat separate from other foods. This stops the spreading of bacteria like Billy.

Your food should be fully thawed before you cook it.

And you should always check your food is cooked all the way through. Or you may just find bacteria hiding in your food.

And always remember, the number one way to keep bacteria at bay is by washing your hands!

You can avoid food poisoning ­ shop, store, cook and eat safely.

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Learn how to handle food safety to avoid food poisoning. Watch Brian, Bobby, Billy and Bernie bacteria as they remind us how to keep bacteria at bay.

This is Billy. Bacteria like Billy love to hang around while you're preparing and cooking food.

To keep him away from your dinner, defrost food safely in the fridge or use the "defrost" setting on the microwave.

Always avoid putting thawed meat back into the freezer otherwise you risk taking Billy with it.

Make sure you use different knives and boards when preparing food, keeping raw meat separate from other foods. This stops the spreading of bacteria like Billy.

Your food should be fully thawed before you cook it.

And you should always check your food is cooked all the way through. Or you may just find bacteria hiding in your food.

And always remember, the number one way to keep bacteria at bay is by washing your hands!

You can avoid food poisoning ­ shop, store, cook and eat safely.

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Last updated: March 2016

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