A deadly bacteria more common than salmonella can be spread by washing chicken or meat before cooking it.
A report from the Food Standards Agency in the UK is warning people who wash chicken before cooking it to think again.
Despite being the most common form of bacteria affecting around 280,000 people in the UK a year, not many people have heard of it. Campylobacter bacteria are more common than salmonella, and in severe cases infection with this bacteria can lead to amputations and even prove fatal.
Where Is This Bacteria Found?
Campylobacter can be found in milk products and raw meat, but around four in five cases come from contaminated poultry. Washing raw chicken can spread the bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment through the splashing of water droplets.
The bacteria can cause diarrhoea and vomiting and those most at risk are the elderly and children under the age of 5. The bacteria can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, severe arthritis and other conditions.
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Kyle Boshoff for HelloDoctor.com
Source: Daily Record