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Aberdeen City Council joins fight against common cause of food poisoning


The fight against a common cause of food poisoning in the UK will be at the centre of a national awareness-raising initiative led by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Samantha Bull (food safety Officer with Aberdeen City Council) gives food safety advice to Elaine Duguid and her Son Rylee (3) at the Food safety stall. Food Safety Week, which runs from today [16 June] until Sunday [22 June], seeks to prevent the spread of campylobacter - an invisible, odourless and tasteless bacterium responsible for 250,000 cases of food poisoning in the UK annually.

It is most commonly spread by touching raw poultry.

Aberdeen City Council's environmental health team will be on hand throughout Food Safety Week to answer questions and give advice on food safety matters.

They will be in the Trinity Shopping Centre today [16 June] and tomorrow [17 June], the Bon Accord Shopping Centre on Wednesday [18 June] and Thursday [19 June] and Union Square on Friday [20 June].

Aberdeen City Council principal environmental health officer Andrea Carson said: "It is really important that people know how to handle and cook food safely for themselves and for their families.

"Food poisoning can be prevented if a few simple rules are followed when preparing food. This includes washing hands, keeping raw and ready to eat foods separate, cook food thoroughly and cleaning properly."

Campylobacter poisoning usually develops a few days after consuming contaminated food and leads to symptoms that include abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and sometimes vomiting.

It can last for between two and 10 days and can be particularly severe in young children and the elderly. About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry.

During Food Safety Week, the FSA will be promoting the message, don't wash raw chicken. The FSA warn that washing raw chicken can result in germs being spread to kitchen surfaces, clothing and utensils.

For more food safety advice or to learn more about Food Safety Week visit the Food Standards Agency website.