Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Helping Hand to Bust the Myths Surrounding Food Hygiene

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Helping Hand to Bust the Myths Surrounding Food Hygiene

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THE summer weather is certainly trying, and with the World Cup now underway, there will be barbecues aplenty. Maybe with some nice chicken skewers...

Perhaps prepared with a quick wash in the sink? Possibly exposing yourself and everyone around you to potentially fatal food poisoning...

Last week a report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) revealed that 44 per cent of Brits wash chicken in tap water before cooking it, thinking it will remove germs.

But they're inadvertently spreading a potentially lethal bacteria called Campylobacter, the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK, with 280,000 cases and 500 deaths every year, and in four out of five cases, contaminated chicken is to blame.

"Washing raw chicken can splash this harmful bacteria around your kitchen," explains Bob Martin, head of Food Borne Diseases at the FSA. "We've issued a call for people to stop this practice."

But what other food myths need busting? | You can always smell when food has gone bad "Harmful bacteria like E. …

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