miércoles, 1 de julio de 2015

FSA: Campylobacter could infect a third of the UK population.

Avoid washing raw chicken as it splashes pathogens.
The figure was based on the current infection rates of more than a quarter of a million people a year, according to FSA.
The FSA disclosed the figure to mark the start of 2015’s Food Safety Week. The move also coincides with the launch of the FSA’s ‘Chicken Challenge’ – its call to the whole food chain to halve the number of Campylobacter cases by 2016.
Biggest cause of food poisoning
Campylobacter is most frequently found on raw poultry and is the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK. An estimated 280,000 currently fall ill with Campylobacter food poisoning every year. That would save thousands of people a year from falling prey to a painful form of food poisoning to paralysis.
Chilled chickens
The FSA has been leading the industry on reducing Campylobacter contamination and is currently conducting a year-long survey looking at the levels of Campylobacter on fresh whole chilled retail chickens and their packaging.
In partnership with farmers and producers, through to caterers and retailers, all parts of the food chain have been working to meet the 2015 target.
 ‘Chicken Challenge’
The ‘Chicken Challenge’ is urging consumers who eat chicken to promise to take the following steps to protect themselves and their families:
  1. Store raw chicken separately from other food, covered and chilled on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
  2. Avoid washing raw chicken as it splashes pathogens.
  3. Wash everything that’s touched raw chicken in soap and hot water, including hands and utensils.
  4. Check chicken is cooked properly until it’s steaming hot throughout with no pink meat and the juices run clear.

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