FSA celebrate a successful Food Safety Week

This year's Food Safety Week led by the Food Standards Agency focused on the dangers of washing raw chicken, as it increases the danger of spreading campylobacter. ?The RSPH also reminded us of the importance of washing hands after touching raw chicken or other poultry on their website.

As many as a million people a year in the UK suffer from food poisoning. The most common cause is Campylobacter, an organism found in almost two-thirds of all chicken sold and responsible for an estimated 460,000 cases, 22,000 hospitalisations and 110 deaths in England and Wales every year.

Leading UK health expert Dr. Lisa Ackerley explains: “Campylobacter is caused mainly by undercooking poultry or from cross-contamination which is where bacteria get from a source such as raw poultry to ready to eat foods such as cooked ham or directly from hands to mouth.

“Whether in a food business, in the home or even during your weekly shopping trip, cross-contamination could take place and studies have shown how meat packaging could be contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Equally when selecting loose root vegetables hands and packaging could be contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli.

“It is very easy to spread bacteria from meat, fish, or poultry to other foodstuffs in your bags – that’s why it is important that meat should always be packed separately. In addition, when arriving home with your shopping, don’t forget to wash your hands, particularly before preparing meals or eating.”

Biomaster is an innovative antimicrobial technology designed to help reduce the problem of cross-contamination during grocery shopping – a reusable bag for raw meat that you can safely use for life.

Developed by Addmaster (UK) Ltd. and made exclusively by UK bag manufacturers Solent Group, the Biomaster anti-bacteria bag is treated with technology proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria that might transfer between your bag and your groceries. ?

When bacteria comes into contact with a Biomaster surface it is unable to replicate, and therefore dies. The active agent in Biomaster is built into the bag during the manufacturing process, so the protection lasts for the useful lifetime of the bag.

*Please note that Addmaster was acquired by the Polygiene Group AB in January 2021, so all news articles prior to that date will still be branded as Addmaster.