Food Safety Roadshow A Great Success
Published 27 June 2014
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Environmental Health Department took to the road last week to promote the Food Standards Agency’s campaign for Food Safety Week 2014 ‘Don’t Wash Raw Chicken’.
The team also used the opportunity to promote the Food Hygiene Ratings and offered hand washing demonstrations to members of the public and local schools.
Campylobacter, the bacteria found on raw or undercooked chicken, can be spread in a number of ways, from contamination of taps and work surfaces, to splashing while washing raw chicken, and just a few bacteria can cause illness.
The team visited local supermarkets and Barry Market to help raise public awareness of the hazards of washing your raw chicken, and members of the public took part in practical hand washing, by using UV cream and a UV light Box that helped identify areas of their hands that had not been washed properly.
The Environmental Health Department also visited 9 schools during the week teaching correct hand washing techniques to primary school children.
The children were also asked to design and draw their own interpretation of a germ, to be used in future environmental health campaign posters.
The leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Neil Moore said: “Our environmental health team play a fantastic role in keeping residents of the Vale healthy and safe.
The roadshow will have opened many people’s eyes to the hazards of washing raw chicken and how easily bacteria can spread, and the more aware people are, the safer they’ll be.”
If you want to find out more information about any food safety issues please contact the Environmental Health department on 01446 709105, or visit http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/campaigns/campylobacter/fsw-2014/