‘Wash hands not raw chicken’ - District Council backs food poisoning prevention campaign


East Lindsey District Council has joined the National Food Standards Agency campaign to prevent food poisoning.

The theme of this year’s Food Safety Week organised by the Food Standards Agency is simple – Don’t wash raw chicken.

The campaign aims to help spread information about food poisoning, especially the most common form - campylobacter, and how to prevent it in the home.

The most common age groups to suffer from campylobacter are under 5s and over 50s, followed by 25-44 year-olds.

Infection can last up to 10 days and can be particularly severe in the younger and older age groups.

Portfolio Holder for Communities, Councillor Sandra Harrison, said: “We would urge all residents to take five minutes to read our tips on how to reduce the chances of contracting food poisoning and visit the Food Standards Agency website for further information.

“By taking some very simple steps you can drastically reduce the chances of your family being hit by food poisoning. Something that can be particularly severe in those of a very young age or those over 50,” she added.

Tips to prevent food poisoning:

Keep your fridge below five degrees; don’t overfill your fridge; store raw poultry at the bottom of the fridge and wrap properly; do not wash raw chicken as water splashes can spread the bacteria onto clothing, utensils and kitchen surfaces – cooking will kill any bacteria; wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling raw chicken; thoroughly wash all utensils, chopping boards and surfaces used when preparing raw chicken; wash or change dish cloths, tea towels and sponges regularly; cook chicken thoroughly until it is steaming hot in the middle, meat is white and juices run clear.

For more information visit www.food.gov.uk/chicken