More than 100 cases of food poisoning were reported in Corby in the past 12 months.
And now, during Food Safety Week this week, the borough council is highlighting the importance of following use by dates.
In the last year there have been 121 cases of food poisoning reported in the town and this week Corby Council’s health protection team will be distributing food safety leaflets and recipe books with tips on using leftovers.
They will be handed out at doctors’ surgeries, libraries and sheltered housing units for elderly residents.
A spokesman for the council said: “The level of food poisoning rises dramatically during the summer. One of the reasons for the increase is warmer temperatures which cause germs to grow faster. This underlines the importance of getting leftovers in the fridge quickly.
“By following a few simple guidelines, leftovers can be used safely which saves money and reduces the amount of food waste that ends up in the bin, and ultimately going into landfill.”