Monday 18th – Friday 24th May 2015 is Food Safety Week 2015, and this year, the Food Standards Agency is looking to halve cases of campylobacter by the end of 2015.
Campylobacter is the most prevalent form of food poisoning in the UK, with an estimated 280,000 cases last years alone. It causes more illness than salmonella, listeria and e.coli combined and carried by raw poultry.
Preventing its spread requires everyone to do their bit, from farmers and retailers through to consumers like you and me at home.
Along the production chain and in stores, work has been done in recent years to improve technology and processes to reduce and minimise the spread of campylobacter.
For consumers, the small improvements you can make to reduce the spread of campylobacter boil down to 4 main ‘chicken rules’:
- Bag it separately from other food, and store it separately, covered, chilled and at the bottom of the fridge
- Wash everything that’s come in contact with raw chicken properly in soap and hot water, from your hands to chopping boards and any utensils
- Don’t wash raw chicken, you can splash germs up to a metre either side of the sink
- Check it’s cooked properly, with no pink meat and until it’s tender and steaming hot all the way through, and the juices run clear
Will you help spread the world to help stop the spread of campylobacter?
Win a cookery course at Leiths School of Food and Wine
If you’d like to help improve awareness of these four simple rules, there’s also a competition you can enter.
The Food Standards Agency is looking for the country’s biggest chicken fan. To enter, create an image, video, song, joke – anything you like to show the world why you love chicken – and posting it on Facebook or Instagram or tweeting it using #ChickensGotTalent.
The very best entry will win an amazing once in a lifetime chance to spend five days perfecting their culinary skills at Leiths School of Food and Wine (travel and accommodation included).
Visit food.gov.uk/chickenchallenge to find out more and view the competition T&Cs.
Join the BBC Good Food & Love Food Hate Waste Tweet Chats
On Tuesday 19 May, 12pm-1pm you can join the Food Standards Agency and Love Food Hate Waste for a tweet chat all about chicken and health focus on chicken. There’s also a second chat hosted by BBC Good Food about getting the best out of your chicken on Tuesday 19 May, 6-7pm.
To join in, all you have to do is tweet using the #ChickenChallenge hashtag while the chats are live.
Thanks for reading!