Monday, 9 June 2014
Food safety week – join the fight
Residents are encouraged to join the fight against the most common form of food poisoning (Camplyobacter) for this year’s Food Safety Week (16-22 June).
The FSA predict a quarter of a million people could be struck down by Camplyobacter this year; the most common form of food poisoning in the UK. Unable to detect by smell, sight or taste at its worst this disease can even kill.
The FSA is spearheading a campaign to bring together the whole food chain to tackle the problem. Farmers and producers will be asked to work harder to reduce the amount of bacteria on their raw poultry. Consumers will be able see the latest data and be the judges of any progress, or lack of progress, that they make.
Local authorities, all the major supermarkets and key partners will be working together to make sure people know how to stay safe. Advice is available atwww.food.gov.uk/chicken.
Bob Martin, Head of Foodborne Disease Strategy at the Food Standards Agency said, ‘This is a serious problem and we are calling on the whole industry to do act together to tackle Campylobacter. People in Thanet can do their part by handling and preparing chicken with extra care – don’t wash raw chicken, cook it properly and enjoy it safely.’
Leader of Thanet District Council and Cabinet Member for Environmental Health Cllr Iris Johnston said, ‘It’s important that we do our part to make sure that people know to handle and cook food safely for themselves and for their families. We’re proud to be being part of this campaign to spread the word – and not the germs.’