June 16, 2014

Do not wash raw chicken, Food Standards Agency warns

chickenWashing raw chicken before it is cooked may cause food poisoning, health experts have warned.

More than two-fifths of people wash chicken when they prepare food, but the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that the practice can spread bacteria on to hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment through splashed water.

Food poisoning is most commonly caused by the campylobacter bacteria, and affects more than 280,000 people in the UK each year.

Four out of every five cases are caused by contaminated chicken, according to the FSA –  the independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene in the UK.

While most people suffer relatively manageable symptoms including abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and vomiting, food poisoning can sometimes lead to more significant health problems.

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