A recent survey has stated that the poultry industry must “take responsibility” for tackling the UK’s most common source of food poisoning.
An investigation into the ‘food poisoning’ problem has revealed cases of campylobacter are increasing, with about 500,000 people a year infected.
CAMPYLOBACTER ‘food poisoning bug’
- In 2009 however, more than 17,000 people in England and Wales were admitted to hospital and 88 people died.
- The main cause is undercooked meat, especially chicken or other poultry.
- A simple solution is to ensure that everyone cooks all meat thoroughly and wash any kitchen surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat.
The FSA’s most recent research suggests about two-thirds of raw shop-bought chicken is contaminated.
There is now a target to reduce this to 10% by 2015, which it is hoped would lead to more than 100,000 fewer cases of campylobacter poisoning.