Most supermarket chickens contain food bugs

Kitchens in Chester and the rest of the UK could be infected with the campylobacter bug, according to the Food standards Agency (FSA).

It revealed that approximately 70% of all fresh chickens sold in UK supermarkets are infected with the bug.

The FSA conducted an investigation, which found that dangerously high levels of the bug were present in Britain’s chicken supply. The bug can cause food poisoning if the meat is not cooked correctly, or if kitchen hygiene standards are not adhered to.

According to The Guardian, food scientist Professor Tim Lang is even calling for a boycott on supermarket chicken, due to what he describes as ‘”scandalous levels of contamination” in supermarket poultry.

Campylobacter is thought to be the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK, and eating food that is infected with the bacteria can cause serious symptoms, such as stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The FSA’s figures were recorded during the first six months of 2014. One of the biggest priorities for the agency is reducing the cases of campylobacter in chickens, because over 280,000 people fall foul of the bacteria every year in Britain.

It is estimated that over 80% of these cases are caused by raw chicken, rather than a cooked meal, which is why it is so important to cover and chill raw chicken at the bottom of the fridge, away from other foods. Also, avoid washing raw chicken, because this spreads the germs to other parts of the kitchen. Utensils that have touched raw chicken should also be washed thoroughly and meat cooked carefully to avoid food poisoning.

Posted by Peter
December 5, 2014
Kitchen hygiene

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