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Council officers on road for the Food Safety Week 2014

‘Don’t wash raw chicken’ is the Food Safety Week message that Environmental Health officers will be communicating to Allerdale residents at a trio of roadshows.

The dedicated week runs from 16-22 June 2014 and this year’s aim is to highlight how this simple step can prevent the spread of food poisoning caused by campylobacter.

Campylobacter is the generic name for a number of species of bacteria that can cause food poisoning in people. It is responsible for more cases of food poisoning in the UK than salmonella, E.coli and listeria combined, and is commonly found on poultry and meat. Washing raw chicken can spread campylobacter by splashing it on to hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment.

Since the beginning of 2012, there have been 248 confirmed cases of campylobacter in Allerdale. But it is estimated that, for every single case that is diagnosed, nine further cases go unreported. There were 124 cases reported in Allerdale in 2012 and 90 cases in 2013. To date in 2014, there have been 34 cases reported.

Konrad Hansen, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Customer and Regulatory Services, said: “These figures are pretty scary. If you consider that so many cases of campylobacter go unreported, we could be looking at as many as more than 2,000 incidents since the start of 2012. The Food Standards Agency says that you can’t see it, smell it or even taste it on food, but if it affects you, you won’t forget it.

“I would urge everyone to heed this simple piece of advice, and attend our roadshows to learn more about how to protect themselves.”

Allerdale Borough Council’s Environmental Health team is holding a series of roadshows to offer advice and answer any queries from the public. They take place from 10am 2pm at the following venues:

·        Monday 16 June – Booths supermarket, Keswick

·        Tuesday 17 June – Tesco supermarket, Workington

·        Thursday 19 June – Co-op supermarket, Wigton

The ‘don’t wash raw chicken’ campaign will also be highlighted with posters in all the Council’s offices, as well as in butchers’ shops across Allerdale.

You will find more information on the Food Standards Agency website.

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