Bassetlaw District Council’s Food Safety Team are warning people not to wash raw chicken as it can cause Campylobacter - the most common form of food posinong in the UK.
The fight against the bug will be at the centre of this year’s Food Safety Week, 16th-22nd June.
This year up to a quarter of a million people could be struck down by campylobacter.
One of the main ways to get and spread campylobacter poisoning is through touching raw chicken.
Counc Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said:”It is important that we do our part to make sure that people know to handle and cook food safely for themselves and for their families. Our Food Safety Team is out and about across Bassetlaw as part of Food Safety Week, campaigning to spread the word – and not the germs.”
About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry.
Campylobacter cannot be seen, smelt or even tasted on food.
Bob Martin, head of Foodborne Disease Strategy at the Food Standards Agency said: “This is a serious problem and we are calling on the whole industry to do act together to tackle Campylobacter.”
Bassetlaw Food Safety Team’s will be at Morrisons in Retford between 11am and 2pm.