Bid to cut chicken poisoning

Remind yourself of the 'chicken rules', says the FSA
Remind yourself of the 'chicken rules', says the FSA

East Northamptonshire Council is supporting the Food Standards Agency’s campaign to reduce levels of campylobacter on shop-bought chicken.

The FSA estimates that about 280,000 cases of food poisoning each year can be traced to campylobacter – a germ found mostly on raw chicken.

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, campylobacter can kill or paralyse you.

They want to cut the number of cases of campylobacter poisoning in half by the end of 2015.

Dr Kevin Hargin, head of food-borne disease control at the FSA said: “We want to make sure that everyone does their bit to halve the number of campylobacter food poisoning cases by the end of this year.

“Success would mean 100,000 fewer people getting sick next year.

“Take a moment to remind yourself of the ‘chicken rules’ and share the message.

“It’s the little things you do that keep your loved ones safe.”

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council Steven North said: “Food safety involves everybody in the food chain.

“If we all take responsibility for ensuring we follow the simple rules, then we can all enjoy a safe and delicious dinner.”

The FSA is asking you to step up to the plate and promise to:

Bag and store raw chicken separately from other food (covered and chilled on the bottom shelf of the fridge)

Not wash raw chicken (it splashes germs)

Wash everything that’s touched raw chicken in soap and hot water (your hands and utensils)

Check chicken is cooked properly (no pink meat, steaming hot and the juices run clear)

Find out more at www.food.gov.uk/chickenchallenge.