Daventry council backs Chicken Challenge campaign against food poisoning

Officers from Daventry District Council discovered the decaying poultry
Officers from Daventry District Council discovered the decaying poultry
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The district council is asking people to take simple steps to cut the number of food poisoning cases linked to raw chicken.

Daventry District Council is supporting a national campaign encouraging people to take on the ‘Chicken Challenge’ in an effort to halve the number of food poisoning cases linked to the meat.

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) almost three quarters (73 per cent) of us eat chicken every week.

However the FSA also estimates that about 280,000 cases of food poisoning a year can be traced to campylobacter – a type of bacteria found mostly on raw chicken.

The infection, which is particularly linked with raw poultry, leads to symptoms including abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and vomiting. It can be particularly severe in small children and the elderly and in the very worst cases can be fatal.

The FSA wants to cut the number of cases of campylobacter poisoning in half by the end of 2015, and so to mark this year’s Food Safety Week (May 18 to 24) it is encouraging people to take on the ‘Chicken Challenge’ by:

- Bagging and storing raw chicken separately from other food, covered and chilled on the bottom shelf of the fridge.

- Not washing raw chicken as it splashes germs around the kitchen.

- Washing everything that has touched raw chicken in soap and hot water – including hands and utensils.

- Checking chicken is cooked properly with no pink meat, steaming hot and with the juices running clear.

Nina Purcell, FSA Director, said: “It’s clear that we all love chicken, we just need to take the time and be even more committed to ensuring we do the little things in the kitchen to keep our loved ones safe.”

Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council, said: “We are pleased to once again be supporting Food Safety Week, which highlights the correct way to handle and cook food safely. I would urge residents to follow the simple steps recommended by the FSA in order to keep themselves and their families safe.”