Cook rice safely

We see rice as a high risk food. It can support the growth of bacteria that cause food poisoning. Follow these steps to serve safe rice.

Personal hygiene 

You should:

  • always wash hands after using the toilet
  • keep cuts and other injuries covered

Preparation and cooking

You should:

  • wash rice thoroughly, and only use clean equipment
  • never use the same containers for raw and cooked rice
  • cool small quantities and serve fresh, if possible


You should:

  • never store rice at room temperature, cool it quickly and put in the fridge
  • if rice is cold, keep the temperature below 8°C
  • if rice is hot, keep the temperature above 63°C
  • if you reheat rice from cold, make sure the rice reaches at least 75°C
  • use a thermometer to check the temperature

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