Recently a school in Southern England was downgraded to a Level 0 Food Hygiene Rating.  One of the major factors is that they were washing raw chicken in the food prep sink also used to wash salad. Washing meat and chicken poses a very real threat of cross contamination of bacteria that can make people seriously ill.

It is a fact that 59% of raw chicken is infected with Campylobacter bacteria.  When you wash it, you spread this bacteria around the sink, on the draining board, on the taps, on your hands, apron, and on and on…… When this sink is also used for fresh food prep, such as washing salads and fruit, these items can then be contaminated with the bacteria.

Campylobacter is only one of the bacteria that could be present on raw chicken or meat. Other bacteria include Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Ecoli.

Alert

It is unnecessary to wash poultry or meat and simply increases the chance of cross contamination.

Food Fact

Did you know that Chickens are the closest living relative to the T. rex, although perhaps not quite as scary!