'Don't wash raw chicken,' food experts in Bradford warn

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Val Slater Councillor Val Slater

People are being urged not to wash raw chicken to protect themselves against a potentially fatal bug.

The fight against the stomach bug campylobacter will be at the centre of this year’s National Food Safety Week, which began today.

Last year there were 489 confirmed cases of campylobacter in the Bradford district, but the real number of cases is likely to be far higher.

This week, Bradford Council's environmental health officers will be visiting some of the areas which reported the highest numbers of cases to offer health advice at luncheon clubs, day nurseries and children’s centres, among other places.

They will also be manning a food advice stall in Oastler Market on Friday, where they will be advising members of the public on how to safely prepare and cook their food.

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK and it can be fatal.

It can't be seen, smelled or tasted but thorough cooking is enough to kill the bug. Now people are being urged to take simple steps like not washing carcasses, chilling raw meat and avoiding cross-contamination to protect themselves.

Councillor Val Slater, who oversees environmental health at Bradford Council, said: "People in Bradford can do their part by handling and preparing chicken with extra care – don’t wash raw chicken, cook it properly and enjoy it safely.

"It’s important that we do our part to make sure that people know how to handle and cook food safely for themselves and for their families.

"We’re proud to be keeping people in Bradford safe and well by being part of this campaign to spread the word – and not the germs.”

Across the country, campylobacter is thought to be responsible for more than 280,000 cases of food poisoning each year, with more than 72,000 of these cases confirmed by laboratory reports.

About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning come from contaminated poultry and, according to the Food Standards Agency, the bug is found in about 65 per cent of fresh chicken sold in the UK.

Campylobacter poisoning usually develops a few days after consuming contaminated food and leads to symptoms that include abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

It can last for between two and ten days and can be particularly severe in small children and the elderly.

It can also spark off irritable bowel syndrome, reactive arthritis and in rare cases, Guillain-Barré syndrome – a serious and sometimes permanent condition of the nervous system.

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4:34pm Mon 16 Jun 14

badgersboots1 says...

i always wash on a hot cycle small amount of powder before cooking, mmmmmmmmm
i always wash on a hot cycle small amount of powder before cooking, mmmmmmmmm badgersboots1
  • Score: -1

4:51pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Albion. says...

badgersboots1 wrote:
i always wash on a hot cycle small amount of powder before cooking, mmmmmmmmm
A line before you cook?
[quote][p][bold]badgersboots1[/bold] wrote: i always wash on a hot cycle small amount of powder before cooking, mmmmmmmmm[/p][/quote]A line before you cook? Albion.
  • Score: 2

4:54pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

What happened to Cllr Thornton and his grip on public hygiene?
What happened to Cllr Thornton and his grip on public hygiene? Grumpygirl
  • Score: 3

7:05pm Mon 16 Jun 14

i'dliketosay says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
What happened to Cllr Thornton and his grip on public hygiene?
Have i mentioned the whinge police....
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: What happened to Cllr Thornton and his grip on public hygiene?[/p][/quote]Have i mentioned the whinge police.... i'dliketosay
  • Score: -2

8:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Joedavid says...

Why are Council allowing this to be sold in Bradford?
More information is needed as to where this is likely to be sold?
Why are Council allowing this to be sold in Bradford? More information is needed as to where this is likely to be sold? Joedavid
  • Score: 0

7:03am Tue 17 Jun 14

food_for_thought says...

Joedavid wrote:
Why are Council allowing this to be sold in Bradford?
More information is needed as to where this is likely to be sold?
Allowing what to be sold? Did you actually read the article?

Message reads...Do not wash raw meat (especially chicken) as the bacteria which is on it may be splashed onto other foods, utensils or surfaces in your kitchen. Cooking the food properly will kill the bacteria - but the bacteria you splashed everywhere by washing will make sick!

Got it now?
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Why are Council allowing this to be sold in Bradford? More information is needed as to where this is likely to be sold?[/p][/quote]Allowing what to be sold? Did you actually read the article? Message reads...Do not wash raw meat (especially chicken) as the bacteria which is on it may be splashed onto other foods, utensils or surfaces in your kitchen. Cooking the food properly will kill the bacteria - but the bacteria you splashed everywhere by washing will make sick! Got it now? food_for_thought
  • Score: 4

7:05am Tue 17 Jun 14

food_for_thought says...

food_for_thought wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Why are Council allowing this to be sold in Bradford?
More information is needed as to where this is likely to be sold?
Allowing what to be sold? Did you actually read the article?

Message reads...Do not wash raw meat (especially chicken) as the bacteria which is on it may be splashed onto other foods, utensils or surfaces in your kitchen. Cooking the food properly will kill the bacteria - but the bacteria you splashed everywhere by washing will make sick!

Got it now?
Sorry...should have read "...will make you sick!"
[quote][p][bold]food_for_thought[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Why are Council allowing this to be sold in Bradford? More information is needed as to where this is likely to be sold?[/p][/quote]Allowing what to be sold? Did you actually read the article? Message reads...Do not wash raw meat (especially chicken) as the bacteria which is on it may be splashed onto other foods, utensils or surfaces in your kitchen. Cooking the food properly will kill the bacteria - but the bacteria you splashed everywhere by washing will make sick! Got it now?[/p][/quote]Sorry...should have read "...will make you sick!" food_for_thought
  • Score: 2

8:40am Tue 17 Jun 14

wobbley-bob says...

food_for_thought wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Why are Council allowing this to be sold in Bradford?
More information is needed as to where this is likely to be sold?
Allowing what to be sold? Did you actually read the article?

Message reads...Do not wash raw meat (especially chicken) as the bacteria which is on it may be splashed onto other foods, utensils or surfaces in your kitchen. Cooking the food properly will kill the bacteria - but the bacteria you splashed everywhere by washing will make sick!

Got it now?
He probably thinks you can buy Campylobacter, from dubious shops, at under the counter prices..........

Joedavids 'offerings' are always a source of amusement.
[quote][p][bold]food_for_thought[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Why are Council allowing this to be sold in Bradford? More information is needed as to where this is likely to be sold?[/p][/quote]Allowing what to be sold? Did you actually read the article? Message reads...Do not wash raw meat (especially chicken) as the bacteria which is on it may be splashed onto other foods, utensils or surfaces in your kitchen. Cooking the food properly will kill the bacteria - but the bacteria you splashed everywhere by washing will make sick! Got it now?[/p][/quote]He probably thinks you can buy Campylobacter, from dubious shops, at under the counter prices.......... Joedavids 'offerings' are always a source of amusement. wobbley-bob
  • Score: 2

10:13am Tue 17 Jun 14

Here today says...

Be OK in some >fast food< takeaways as NOTHING ever gets washed, especially the cooks.
Be OK in some >fast food< takeaways as NOTHING ever gets washed, especially the cooks. Here today
  • Score: 5

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