WASHING things is normally a good way to avoid germs, but residents and businesses are being warned to stop rinsing raw poultry.
Chichester District Council issued the advice this week as part of a national campaign launched by the Food Standards Agency.
The council’s environmental health team wants to make people aware washing raw poultry increases the chance of food poisoning by spreading bacteria.
It is thought more than a quarter of a million people nationwide could be struck down by campylobacter this year – the most common form of food poisoning in the UK.
A survey by the Food Standards Agency found 58 per cent of people claimed they washed raw chicken some of the time, with 38 per cent saying they did it all the time.
“From the research that has been carried out, it is apparent many people are not aware of the risks involved when washing raw poultry,” said Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services. “About four in five cases of campylobacter poisoning in the UK comes from contaminated poultry.
“You can’t see, smell or taste this type of bacteria, but the results can be extremely harmful, sometimes fatal.”