Health warning issued about turkey leftovers during Christmas after festive parties

The NHS has issued a health warning for anyone preparing to eat Christmas dinner leftovers.

Millions of Britons ate turkey and ham on December 25 to celebrate Christmas Day.

The NHS has issued a warning about the festival


The NHS has issued a warning about the festivalCredit: Getty

And a carnival favorite that’s often eaten for days afterward – making everything from sandwiches to curries.

But the NHS has now issued a warning to anyone reheating their poultry over the next few days.

The NHS says: “Keep cooked meat and poultry refrigerated – if left at room temperature, food poisoning bacteria can grow and multiply.

“Once you’ve enjoyed your turkey, cool any leftovers as quickly as possible (within 90 minutes), cover, and refrigerate.”

They add: “If you’re keeping leftovers in the freezer, you can divide them up so you can just defrost as much as you want.”

“When you serve cold turkey, take out only as much as you will use and put the rest in the refrigerator.

“Don’t leave out a plate of turkey or cold cuts all day – as part of a buffet, for example.”

The health agency continues: “If you’re reheating leftover turkey or other food, always make sure it’s steamed to its full heat before you eat it.

“Do not reheat food more than once.”

How quickly does food poisoning begin?

The first symptoms of food poisoning usually appear about an hour or two after eating contaminated food – although they can take hours, or even weeks, to develop.

Main symptoms include:

  • Stomachache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea / feeling nauseous
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (may have blood or mucus)
  • Lack of energy / weakness
  • High temperature
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills

Food poisoning can be caused by eating something that has been contaminated with germs.

There are a number of reasons why it could happen and any type of food can cause poisoning.

It may take a few days for you to recover and NHS We recommend resting at home and drinking plenty of water.

When you feel cravings, it’s best to eat bland foods like toast, crackers, bananas, and rice until you feel better.

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