Requirements for the correct keeping of poultry

17 July 2017

Most families prefer to cook something easy, tasty and with a high nutritional value at home daily. Usually, this daily recipe includes chicken. However, you must comply with some requirements while handling and buying chicken, as well as any other kind of poultry for its safe keeping, so as to ensure the hygienic consumption of this widely preferred meat.

Chicken and chicken products are vulnerable enough and if certain requirements are not followed, there is a great risk of development of bacteria and their alteration. Therefore, it is advisable to follow the instructions below while buying, keeping and preparing them:

  • Choose your poultry when you have finished the rest of your shopping
  • It would be preferable to place the product into a bag so that it does not come in contact with the other foodstuffs in your trolley
  • After purchase, place it immediately in the fridge at 0-4°C
  • If you do not consume it within 1 or 2 days, freeze at -18°C
  • If you keep it frozen, it is safe for longer
  • Defrost poultry in the fridge (refrigerator compartment) or in a microwave
  • Wash your hands and preparation surfaces carefully
  • Cook poultry well and at the appropriate temperature
  • Keep separate kitchenware and surfaces for raw foods such as vegetables
  • Raw poultry should be kept separately from the cooked foodstuff in the fridge
  • Place unconsumed food directly into the fridge
  • Any poultry and eggs cooked at a temperature of 70°-80°C (160°-180°F) are absolutely safe.

By following these simple instructions you ensure that you and your family may consume poultry safely. Of course, a fundamental instruction which is almost self-evident is that you must choose your chicken from a supplier who keeps high standards of quality and hygiene, such as A. Mintikkis Farm Ltd.

For the past 60 years, A. Mintikkis Farm Ltd has been producing and distributing safe products with high quality and top hygiene standards in order to fulfil the expectations and demands of its clients. This has been accomplished by implementing the correct industrial practices, as well as by investing continuously in training staff on safety, quality and hygiene issues. At the same time, the facilities, equipment and production processes are continuously improved and upgraded, in order to optimise production and maximize product quality.

Therefore, as consumers, we ought to carefully choose the place from where we buy our poultry products and subsequently how we keep them to ensure they are consumed safely.

Date: July 17, 2017