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If cooking recipes or making a salad, here are tips to keep people and pets safe in the kitchen. If growing food, learn how to make gardens safe for pets (includes indoor plants to avoid). Avoid facing indoor foliage to gardens, to help stop birds flying into windows

check that your food is safe

Food Standards Agency is the body responsible for food safety in England, and includes the latest recalls, plus info on food safety for consumers and business. It also offers free online food safety training (for allergies etc).

know basic kitchen hygiene rules

  1. Keep all surfaces & utensils clean.
  2. Cook & reheat/chill foods to correct temperatures.
  3. Turn handles inwards, keep an extinguisher nearby.
  4. Tie long hair back and avoid floaty sleeves.
  5. Use a sharp knife (with a guard).

know foods to avoid for pregnancy/medications

  1. Keep melon from other foods (may contain salmonella).
  2. Don’t eat cooked rice after 24 hours (food poisoning).
  3. Avoid caffeine, chocolate etc for pregnancy/nursing.
  4. Avoid chia seeds for choking hazards .
  5. Check medication (grapefruit, green veggies).
  6. Avoid unpasteurised foods (miso, juice) for pregnancy/nursing.

how to keep pets safe in the kitchen

Get proper advice, before choosing pet food. Read this book to keep dogs safe for info on food/water bowls, preventing bloat and first aid. Also learn toxic foods to avoid including cooked bones (can choke), raw eggs and fish (salmon has a potentially fatal parasite).

Keep most ‘human foods’ away from pets. Unsafe foods include:

  1. Chocolate, caffeine & alcohol
  2. Alliums (garlic, onion, shallots, leeks, chives)
  3. All citrus fruits & dried fruits
  4. Mushrooms & avocado
  5. Fruit pips & seeds (natural cyanide)
  6. Faux meats (inc. jackfruit)
  7. Raw bread dough (expands in the stomach)
  8. Corn-on-the-cob (choking hazard)
  9. Spices (esp. nutmeg & mace)
  10. Most nuts (esp. macadamia) & seeds
  11. Xylitol (a sweetener, if used)

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