Crawley Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team is helping local people steer clear of bugs for Food Safety Week.
The council’s environmental health experts have compiled useful information which will be available in the Town Hall foyer during National Food Safety Week (June 16-22) and will be available to answer questions.
This year the focus is on the most prolific cause of food poisoning, Campylobacter, which can be spread around the kitchen through washing raw chicken.
Angela Tanner, Head of Planning and Environmental Services, said: “Four out of five cases of Campylobacter poisoning are caused by poultry and washing it first just makes contamination more likely, potentially splashing the harmful bacteria around the kitchen.
“Despite the facts, Food Standards Agency research shows 38 per cent always wash poultry and 58 per cent say they do it at least some of the time. Our aim for the week is to let more Crawley people know they shouldn’t wash their raw chickens!”
Campylobacter poisoning generally presents itself a few days after infection, causing abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and vomiting and lasting up to 10 days. The highest risk of severe symptoms are seen in the under fives and over 60s but there’s also a spike in cases of people aged between 25 and 44.
To find out more visit the Town Hall between 16 and 20 June, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/foodsafety or www.food.gov.uk/chicken