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Category: Catering News

Many chickens sold contain campylobacter

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 22nd December 2014

ChickenIt’s the bug that just refuses to go away and once again the potentially nasty campylobacter bacterium has been back in the headlines once again.

Health officials have said that many chickens sold within the United Kingdom are being sold with the bug present due to poor practices within the poultry industry.

People at Public Health England claim that without sufficient legislation in place then the entire industry will be slow to bring in improvements and changes to could reduce the threat of contamination because they fear it will drive up costs.

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FSA warns against bad barbecue practices

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 22nd August 2014

What is it with barbecues?With the August Bank Holiday tantalisingly on the horizon just like the late summer sun, people are hoping that the weather holds up so that they can turn towards a little bit of outside catering over the course of this extended weekend.

But the Food Standards Agency has issued a few carefully chosen words on warning ahead of the elongated weekend.

Food poisoning, they say, is still a real danger and that problem is exasperated when people turn to cooking outdoors. [ Read More ]

Over one million cases of food poisoning in the UK

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 3rd July 2014

ChickenMore than one million cases of food poisoning were reported in the United Kingdom last year, with poorly cooked chicken the most common cause of complaint.

Last week the Food Standards Agency published a report into food poisoning and it made for some very interesting reading.

Officials highlighted the importance of their own findings, suggesting that official data significantly underestimate the risk as only the most serious cases get reported when patients seek medical help.

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Don’t wash chicken, the FSA advises

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 16th June 2014

Don't wash raw chickenAccording to a survey conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) 44% of us wash chicken before cooking it.

However the FSA has warned people against this commonly held kitchen practice as doing so increases the risk of food poisoning.

Those most at risk are the elderly and children under the age of 5.

Camplyobacter currently affects 280,000 people in the United Kingdom each year and the bacteria is commonly spread onto hands, clothing, utensils and surrounding work surfaces from splashing water droplets, hence why the governmental department has moved to inform the general public about this unknown threat.

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Campylobacter Chickens

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 4th October 2013

Recent research by the Food Standards agency has revealed that 580,000 people suffer from campylobacter food poisoning on average every year.

A significant proportion of the cases involve infected chicken, even though supermarkets and farmers have been pushed into improving standards of hygiene.

Up to 18,000 of those are affected seriously enough to require hospitalisation and 140 cases annually result in death. [ Read More ]