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FSA looking to name food bug chicken retailers 'quickly'

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will attempt to name the retailers who sell chicken which has tested positive for a food poisoning bug "more quickly" after criticism from a consumer group.

Which? criticised the FSA for not revealing that almost three fifths of fresh shop-bought chicken tested positive for campylobacter but failed to name any retailers who sold it.

Campylobacter is killed by thorough cooking, but is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK, affecting an estimated 280,000 people a year, and the majority of these cases come from contaminated poultry.

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FSA: How to cook chicken 'to prevent food poisoning'

  • Cover and chill raw chicken - Cover raw chicken and store in the bottom of the fridge. This will prevent juices dripping on other foods and stop campylobacter contaminating other food.
  • Don't wash raw chicken - Washing is not enough to get rid of campylobacter. Cooking will any bacteria present, where washing can splash germs around the kitchen.
  • Wash used utensils - Chopping boards, surfaces and all utensils need to be cleaned before the chicken is prepared.
  • Cook chicken thoroughly - Make sure chicken is steaming hot all the way through before serving. Cut in to the thickest part of the meat and check that it is steaming hot with no pink meat and that the juices run clear.

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