National Food Safety Week: Preventing Illness In Your Kitchen

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Did you know that every year there is a week dedicated to raising awareness of Food Safety? This year, the national event takes place between 16-22 June.

The aim, according to the Food Standards Agency, is to help protect consumers against food poisoning.

For 2014, there is a particular focus on alerting you of a bug called ‘campylobacter’ – this may sound like a made up word, but it translates to ‘twisted bacteria’ and is the most common type of food poisoning in the whole of the UK. It is mostly linked to raw poultry, with over 50% of raw chicken containing the microbes (Food Safety News).

The message is simple – never wash your chicken, and always cook it fully!

To help you avoid any form of food poisoning, we’ve put together some of the most interesting (and occasionally shocking) statistics and facts linked to safety in the kitchen, as well as some top tips on how to avoid becoming ill. (more…)

File:2008 kitchen.JPGThere’s a lot that goes on in your kitchen; from food preparation to storage and waste disposal. It’s estimated that the average UK household throws away 7.2 million tonnes of food a year.

As much fun as you can have around the kitchen, there’s a lot of hidden dangers you’ve got to be wary of. Unhygienic spaces are a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause anyone who comes into contact with them to become horribly ill. Food that’s left past its ‘use by’ date, or not stored or cooked properly, can act as a platform on which germs can rapidly grow. (more…)