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 2014).
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 Campylobacter?
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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, October 8, 2019