To wash or not to wash, that is the question.

Should you wash meat & poultry before preparation? We have the answer in this weeks tip of the week.

Cleanliness is often associated with food safety, but surprisingly washing meat and poultry is
actually detrimental to the safety of your kitchen. When preparing food, washing can cause bacteria in raw meat and poultry to be spread throughout the kitchen; this is a huge cause of cross-contamination.

If the areas splashed by the water are not cleaned immediately this can cause food-borne illnesses. Hands that have come in contact will only spread the bacteria further. When the process of cooking is done correctly, meeting an internal temperature of +75°c will destroy the food-borne bacteria.

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. Even the smallest sample can cause illness. Cooking to +75°c throughout, and avoiding the spread of this bacteria caused by washing is incredibly important. Make sure your kitchen staff are aware and avoid potential outbreaks and fines in future.

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