Don't Wash Raw Chicken
This year up to a quarter of a million people could be struck down by campylobacter – the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK.
The fight against this nasty little bug will be at the centre of this year’s Food Safety Week (16-22 June).
About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry. You can’t see it, smell it or even taste it on food, but if it affects you, you won’t forget it. At its worst, it can kill you.
What is Capylobacter?
Campylobacter poisoning usually develops a few days after consuming contaminated food and leads to symptoms that include abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and, sometimes, vomiting. It can last for between 2 and 10 days and can be particularly severe in small children and the elderly. In some cases, it can affect you forever - sparking off irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), reactive arthritis and in rare cases, Guillain-Barré syndrome – a serious and sometimes permanent condition of the nervous system.
Last year 162 cases of food poisoning were reported in Bassetlaw, 140 of which were caused by campylobacter.
About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry. One of the main ways to get and spread campylobacter poisoning is through touching raw chicken. FSA advice is not to wash raw chicken. Germs can be spread to kitchen surfaces, clothing and utensils.
How is it spread?
One of the main ways to get and spread campylobacter poisoning is through Touching Raw Chicken.
Bassetlaw District Council’s Food Safety Team and The Food Standards Agency Advice is not to wash raw chicken. Germs can be spread to kitchen surfaces, clothing and utensils.
Bassetlaw's Food Safety Team Competition:
Members of our Food Safety Team were on hand at the following locations. Special thanks to our local supermarkets who allowed officers to promote the event:
|Monday 16th June||Tesco, Worksop||11:00am – 2:00pm|
|Tuesday 17th June||Morrisons, Worksop||11:00am – 2:00pm|
|Wednesday 18Th June||Asda, Harworth||11:00am – 2:00pm|
|Thursday 19th June||Sainsburys,Worksop||11:00am – 2:00pm|
|Friday 20th June||Morrisons, Retford||11:00am – 2:00pm|
There were lots of entries to the Food Safety Week Competition and all prizes were:
- 2 cinema tickets (from The Savoy Cinema, Worksop)
- Choice of drinks and cakes for 2 people (from Piccolo Espresso Bar, Worksop)
- Chocolate Making Gift Voucher and Gift Voucher for total value of £20 (from The Chocolate Kitchen, 33 Churchgate, Retford)
- Gift Vouchers to the value of £20 (from A W Bacon & Sons Ltd, Carolgate, Retford)
- Gift Voucher to the value of £10 (from Mamma Giusis, Carolgate, Retford)
- Gift Voucher for afternoon tea for 2 (from Harry’s Coffee House, Cannon Square, Retford)
- Gift Voucher to the value of £10 (from The Olive Grove Bistro, 59b Bridge Street, Worksop)
2014 Competition Winners
- Mrs W from Ranskill - Won a £10 voucher, kindly donated by A W Bacon & Sons, Carolgate, Retford
- Ms T from Carlton-in-Lindrick - Won an afternoon tea for 2 voucher, kindly donated by Harrys Coffee House, Cannon Square, Retford
- Mr G from Retford - Won a £10 voucher, kindly donated by A W Bacon & Sons, Carolgate, Retford
- Mrs R from Worksop - Won 2 cinema tickets, kindly donated by the Savoy Cinema, Worksop
- Mr S from Worksop - Won a drink and cakes for 2 voucher, kindly donated by Piccolos Espresso Bar, Bridge Street, Worksop
- Mr P from Retford - Won a £10 voucher kindly donated by Mamma Giusi’s, Carolgate, Retford
- Ms D from Ranskill - Won chocolate making gift voucher and gift voucher totalling £20, kindly donated by The Chocolate Kitchen, 33 Churchgate, Retford
- Mrs P from Worksop - Won a £10 voucher, kindly donated by the Olive Grove, Bridge St, Worksop
You can follow FOOD SAFETY WEEK on social media
- Follow @foodgov
- @foodgov #PlayingChicken